After a lengthy patent litigation with Flexiteek Americas, PlasDeck is claiming victory after a favourable outcome. Both companies specialize in synthetic marine decks.
PlasDeck, based in Copley, Ohio, says it won the case after the court decided that its decking material is a unique and original product that does not infringe on Flexiteek's patent. The United States Federal Court of Appeals announced that it agrees with a lower court's decision, putting an official end to the patent litigation.
Flexiteek, which has a North American facility in Pompano Beach, Florida, and its headquarters is in Sweden, launched the case in 2008.
“Through this whole process we have added over a dozen new colours and combinations, received an Innovation Award at IBEX, improved our equipment and technology, received two new patents, and put more American workers on our payroll,” says Bill Gribble, PlasDeck's President.
PlasDeck's synthetic teak decking received a 2010 IBEX innovation award in the Safety Equipment category for incorporating phosphorescent technology.