Välinge informed about an extension of the patent agreement regarding LVT and WPC flooring with mechanical locking system with the American floor producer Mannington Mills. Mannington and Välinge have a cooperation regarding mechanical locking system for laminate and engineered wood flooring as well as for LVT and WPC products where they have a license on the 2G and 5G® Fold Down locking systems. In 2012 the parties signed a cross-license agreement giving Välinge the exclusive right to sub-license the Mannington IP related to LVT locking technology to other producers.
According to the announcement, Välinge’s patent portfolio for LVT and WPC products has been available to licensees for more than 10 years. In 2015, Välinge launched an Extended Patent Protection (EPP) initiative in order to offer extended IP protection to its licensees. The EPP comprises cross licenses and non-assertion undertaking with companies such as US Floors, related to WPC products including the COREtec® technology, and with Unilin, IVC and Balterio related to LVT/WPC products and technologies among others.
The Mannington IP rights with priority from 1999 describe a resilient floor with a mechanical locking system and provide a very strong protection for thermoplastic flooring with locking systems.
Earlier Södra and Välinge Innovation signed a collaborative agreement, whereby Södra will license Välinge Innovation’s exclusive patent-pending outdoor decking system.
About Mannington Mills:
The company is one of the largest flooring companies in the US. The company is engaged in the manufacturing and marketing of residential and commercial resilient, laminate, hardwood and porcelain tile floors, as well as commercial carpet and rubber.
The company is a world leading R&D and IP company in the flooring industry based in Sweden. Välinge International has about 80 employees who are mainly involved in R&D and customer support.