Flexiteek wins patent infringement lawsuit

POMPANO BEACH, Fla. — Flexiteek, which manufactures a composite PVC-based marine decking system designed to resemble teak, has won a patent infringement lawsuit in U.S. District Court, the company said in a release.

On June 19 in a Southern District of Florida court, a jury ruled in favor of Flexiteek in a lawsuit against PlasTEAK and PlasDECK. The lawsuit, which was filed in June 2008, alleged that the Tek-Dek products formerly imported and sold by PlasTEAK, as well as PlasDECK’s current line of synthetic teak decking product, infringed on a Flexiteek patent.

The District Court ruled that the patent, known as the ‘881 Patent, is valid and is owned by Flexiteek International AS.

The District Court also rendered a claims construction, according to Flexiteek, which defines what the claims and terms of the patent mean.

“The claims construction significantly broadened the scope of the ‘881 Patent against any and all potential infringers,” Flexiteek reported in a statement. “Shortly, the Court will issue an injunction prohibiting PlasTEAK and PlasDECK from making, marketing and selling the infringing products. The injunction will also apply to all the PlasDECK distributors and installers around the world.”

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