Valinge acquires Inotec’s fold-down locking system patents
February 1, 2018 | 2:46 pm CST

Valinge has purchased all Inotec’s patents regarding one-piece fold-down systems (all-side or short-side), registered in numerous countries such as the United State, Canada and China, with many more applications worldwide including Europe. This patent portfolio also consists of several applications that are expected to be granted shortly in Europe and other areas. 
The integrated double locking in both horizontal and vertical dimensions has demonstrated manufacturability and suitability for different flooring materials, such as laminate, wood, LVT and WPC.
“We see the acquired patents as a good opportunity to strengthen and diversify our IP portfolio”, said Per Nygren, vice president of Valinge Innovation. “It further gives Valinge a consumer relevant product complement to the already well-known and established 2G- and 5G-systems. These IP rights also open up for an interesting patent strategy including the filing of several divisional application in order to protect all aspects of the inventions disclosed in the acquired patents.”

Valinge pioneered the concept of glueless flooring assembled by mechanical locking and has since continued to improve the way people install and use floorings by introducing new locking systems to the market. See

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