Välinge filed an IPR petition at the US Patent and Trademark Office to declare Innovations4Flooring’s newly issued US Patent claims invalid
Välinge Innovation has on the 10th January 2019 filed a petition requesting an Inter Partes Review (IPR) at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) of the US Patent and Trademark Office, opposing the validity of US patent 10,053,868, issued on August 21, 2018. The patent formed the basis for the recent unjust and meritless litigation against one of Välinge Innovation’s licensees.
The IPR is directed against claims which Välinge is confident are obvious over Välinge’s patent application published as US 2011/0056167. The petition further explains that the earliest possible priority date of the opposed claims is after the priority date of the Välinge application and thus shall the claims be declared invalid.
Välinge is confident that PTAB will decide that the floor panel and locking system as claimed in the opposed claims were already disclosed in the Välinge application. A decision by the PTAB in line with Välinge’s petition would mean that Innovations4Flooring’s patent is entirely irrelevant for Välinge’s 5G-i Push Down solution.
5G-i is the strongest and best one-piece locking system on the market, and its performance is only exceeded by the premier 5G® two-piece fold down solution offered by Välinge.