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HomeAid America receives Mohawk Industries grant

HomeAid America Logo 2014 - smallNewport Beach, Calif.—HomeAid America, a nonprofit that provides housing to organizations helping the homeless throughout the country, has been selected to receive a $50,000 donation from Mohawk Industries.

HomeAid America was awarded a grant to oversee its programs, which build housing and other facilities for homelessness service providers and undertake community outreach activities to provide facility renovation or operational assistance for the programs of these service providers.

Karen Mendelsohn, senior vice president of marketing, represents Mohawk on the HomeAid America board of directors.

“HomeAid is a strong steward and partner in lifting up those in our nation who are in the greatest need of help,” said Mendelsohn. “HomeAid’s values are consistent with Mohawk’s. We both look for better ways of delivering results, and we are both dedicated to driving positive change.”

mohawkHomeAid shelter projects are built for charities helping the homeless in its 17 communities. Over 3.5 million people experience homelessness in the U.S. each year, including young families without a financial safety net, victims of domestic violence, youth aging out of the foster system and veterans coming home from war. The charities HomeAid builds for provide support services—such as education and job-skills training, financial counseling and both physical and emotional support—that help residents move toward self-sufficiency.

“For generations, Mohawk’s products have been synonymous with creating stylish, comfortable homes, so promoting universal access to sustainable housing is a natural area of focus for us,” Mendelsohn said. “Our support for HomeAid is consistent with existing national partnerships with organizations such as Habitat for Humanity and Building for America’s Bravest that support stable housing as well as with local nonprofit groups with similar goals that do important work within their communities.”

HomeAid America CEO Peter Simons said, “Mohawk has shown amazing generosity for our cause through this grant. We are honored for the faith they have shown in us to help the homeless around the country, and we are proud of our 28-year history of doing just that.”

To learn more about HomeAid America, visit www.homeaid.org. For more information on Mohawk and its products, visit www.mohawkflooring.com.

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I4F receives second Canadian patent grant for 3L TripleLock technology

Innovations4Willemstad, Curaçao—Innovations4Flooring (I4F) is receiving a second patent grant on its 3L TripleLock technology from the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO). I4F has received an intention to grant letter from the CIPO for a divisional patent application, published as CA2,908,083. This provides I4F’s licensees with an extended scope of patent protection and additional legal certainty of 3L TripleLock’s innovative character in Canada.

The company’s global patent strategy is designed to maintain flexibility as well as to fortify and broaden the scope of patent protection in relation to 3L TripleLock and its other technologies. This benefits I4F licensees and makes it more difficult for competitors to design around I4F’s patent portfolio.

“The imminent grant of our second Canadian patent grant is significant as now both the U.S. and Canada have an extended scope of protection on our 3L TripleLock technology,” said John Rietveldt, CEO, Innovations4Flooring. “This, together with last week’s ruling from the U.S. Customs & Border Protection Agency, approving the import of products incorporating 3L TripleLock and Click4U into the USA, gives our licensees rock-solid protection both across North America and Europe.”