I4F, Unilin & Välinge Withdrawing All Pending Litigation
Willemstad, Curaçao; Wielsbeke, Belgium; and Viken, Sweden, November 12, 2019--I4F, Unilin and Välinge have announced that they will withdraw from all pending litigation in the United States and Europe.
This covers litigation over click systems and multilayered constructions (defined as floorcoverings, with a thermoplastic- or mineral‑based core and a locking system, commercially known as luxury vinyl tile, polyvinyl chloride, multi-layer flooring waterproof polymer core, solid polymer composite, expanded polymer core, polypropylene, polyurethane and magnesium oxide flooring).
Various on-going litigation during the last five years between the parties has led to continuous legal uncertainty, costs and commercial risks in the global flooring market.
According to a release by Unilin, there is still one case that will remain open, “The complaint that Unilin filed before the International Trade Commission (ITC) will however remain in place as to parties that have not opted to expand their protection to the Unilin patents. In this ITC complaint, Unilin requests a general exclusion order to empower U.S. customs to block all patent infringing vinyl products at the US border. A decision from the ITC judges is expected in the first half of 2020.”