WILLEMSTAD, CURAÇAO – Innovations4Flooring (I4F), a technology company providing flooring installation solutions, today announced that it has received an intention to grant letter from the European Patent Office (EPO) for a divisional* patent application, published as EP 2 719 845, relating to its 3L TripleLock innovation. This will allow I4F to expand its scope of patent protection within Europe and provide its licensees with additional legal certainty of 3L TripleLock’s innovative character.
I4F’s European patent strategy is designed to maintain flexibility as well as to fortify and broaden the scope of patent protection in relation to 3L Triple Lock and its other technologies. This benefits I4F licensees and makes it more difficult for competitors to design around I4F’s patentportfolio.
I4F’s 3L TripleLock one-piece drop-lock technology has patents granted in 37 countries worldwide and multiple additional patent applications pending. I4F’s technology is already being used on millions of square meters of different types of flooring, including laminate, wood, luxury vinyl tiles (LVT) and wood plastic composite (WPC). I4F is the original creator and provider of a truly patented one-piece drop lock solution, based on a threefold locking mechanism, suitable for laminate, LVT, WPC and wooden flooring panels. Tried and tested over the last two years by the world’s leading global flooring manufacturers, no other one-piece drop lock solution has undergone such breadth of testing to offer a superior installation system across all types of flooring.
John Rietveldt, CEO of Innovations4Flooring said, “This latest European patent is the addition of yet another protective plate in 3L TripleLock’s already strong and virtually impenetrable coat of armor! It enables additional protection in Europe and intensifies our worldwide patent protection in 37 countries. We are safeguarding against new or unforeseen situations so that our licensees can concentrate on what they do best – manufacture and sell flawless, easy to install, superior flooring.
Our goal is to revolutionize the global flooring industry through freedom of choice and game changing innovations offered at a reasonable fee compared to the total manufacturing cost price of products.”
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* A European divisional patent application is a patent application filed with the same subject-matter as its ‘parent’ patent application (in this case 3L TripleLock’s EP 2 440 724) whilst claiming a different invention.