HAMONT, Belgium—i4F, a group of companies providing patents and technologies to the flooring industry, settled a potential civil action lawsuit served on U.S. distributor Happy Feet International. According to the company, the parties settled for an undisclosed amount and a commitment from Happy Feet ensuring that all future products using i4F locking technologies will feature an L2C holographic label.
i4F said it discovered the unlicensed products as part of its enforcement program designed to ensure all technologies and those it represents on behalf of its partners are not infringed upon or used without the appropriate license agreement. This enforcement program ensures that i4F licensees remain first in line with accessibility to the most advanced industry innovations.
According to i4F, the company discovered the “Stone Elegance” collection of rigid vinyl SPC panels, produced by Wonderful Flooring, was on sale in Brookside Lumber Store without the required license. In March 2021, i4F notified Happy Feet that it was aware the company was distributing Stone Elegance products using i4F’s proprietary locking technologies not carrying the i4F label.
The out-of-court settlement has avoided a potential lawsuit. i4F said it continues to safeguard licensees, patents and technologies around the world by implementing a patent strategy. According to the company, this patent strategy provides licensees with transparency, flexibility, a strong and broad scope of patent protection as well as vigorous enforcement.