SALEM, N.J.—Mannington Mills announced today the issuance by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The patent covers PVC planks, including LVT planks with a tongue and groove connection, a system which has been gaining in popularity for floating flooring.
“This latest patent makes claims in connection with our innovative and now very popular LVT technology that allows flexible PVC planks to be connected together through a tongue/groove connection,” said Tom Davis, CEO. “The LockSolid LVT product introduced by Mannington is covered by this patent and we expect other flooring companies who are currently offering a similar LVT product or are planning to do so to take appropriate patent licenses with Mannington in view of the importance of this patent to this very popular LVT technology,”
The patent for Mannington is U.S. Patent No. 8,021,741 B2 issued Sept. 20. This patent relies on a “parent” patent with a filing date that goes back to 1999, and so was well before others in the LVT arena.
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