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Quick Step China

Quick Step China

 

The manufacturer of QuickStep, Unilin, who are also the patent holder of the glueless locking system Uniclic has said it has reached co-operation with over 100 major Chinese flooring firms, after constant dispute with Chinese firms since 2005

"Most of the big laminated flooring companies in China are now authorized users of us"  said David Song, chief representative of Unilins' Shanghai Representative Office.  He noted that well-known domestic brands like Power Dekor or Nature are paying Unilin patent fees as they use the locking technology.

 

Unilin has owned patents since 1997 for the method of connecting floor panels by angling and snapping horizontally and shared the market with another European company.

 

In July 2005, 18 Chinese flooring exporters were sued by Unilin for patent infringement claim.  The United States Internation of Trade Commission (ITC) later issued a General Exclusion Order, prohibiting the entry into the United States any unlicensed laminated floor panels covered by Unilin patents.

"Some Chinese firms think locking technology is not that complicated and similar to traditional Chinese carpentry but patent does not equal to ‘complicated'.  Companies should follow the regulation if they want to go globally" Song said.

 

But he also stressed that more Chinese companies are co-operating with them now, not only for export purposes but "out of an awareness of intellectual property".


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