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I4F augments licensee protection with new labelling system

Willemstad, Curacao–I4F, a group of companies providing patents and technologies to the flooring industry, is introducing new measures designed to further protect its complying licensees.

The company also said it has provided notice to terminate license agreements with two manufacturers—Jiangsu Simo New Materials Co. Ltd. and Weifang Green Residence Floor Material Co. Ltd.—following material breaches of contracts, despite several unanswered notifications to comply. These include a failure to submit volume reports for products using I4F’s patented technologies as well as the non-payment of contractual fees.

 

As from the second quarter of 2019, I4F will roll-out its new holographic labelling system to all I4F licensees as well as initiate a license compliance audit program. These new measures are designed to extend the scope of protection for all complying I4F licensees.

“Mutually respecting all contractual obligations is essential and normal business practice for all professional parties involved in a license agreement,” said John Rietveldt, I4F’s CEO. “As a patents and technologies company, we make it our business to ensure that all our complying licensees are fully protected from those taking part in non-compliant activities by attempting to use licensed technologies for free. These new measures aim to ensure that the lay of the land is fair and equal for all I4F licensees.”

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I4F names Kees Verhaaren as CFO

Willemstad, Curaçao—I4F has appointed Kees Verhaaren as chief financial officer, with immediate effect.

As I4F’s CFO, Verhaaren will oversee the financial management of I4F’s licensing business, companies and partnerships. He also will become a primary member of the company’s Operational Excellence team, assuring the continuous quality of I4F’s processes and procedures.

Verhaaren joins I4F from Unilin, where he spent a total of 11 years. For the last eight years, Verhaaren held the role of finance director for Flooring Industries Limited, Unilin’s IP company located in Luxembourg. In this position, he managed all administrative and finance related matters for Unilin’s IP business. He was also responsible for finance and a board member for Mohawk Group’s entities in Luxembourg and the Netherlands. Verhaaren played a key role in supporting Mohawk’s expansion and M&A activities.

“Kees is another extremely valuable addition to our fast-expanding team,” said John Rietveldt, CEO, I4F. “His extensive financial and international knowledge of the global flooring IP industry brings immediate depth and experience to our licensing operations. He will support us with I4F’s administrative and financial infrastructure to organize our rapidly growing portfolio in licenses and volumes.”

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I4F appoints Matthieu Dekens as chief operating officer

Willemstad, Curaçao– I4F has appointed Matthieu Dekens as its chief operating officer, with immediate effect. Dekens’ main focus is to accelerate demand for I4F’s technologies with the global top 50 retailers, as well as maintain and establish business relationships with flooring manufacturers.

“We are delighted to welcome Matthieu to the I4F team,” said John Rietveldt, I4F’s CEO. “Having had the pleasure of working with Matthieu before—both at Ideal Standard International and Tarkett—I have no doubt in his ability to hit the ground running. Matthieu’s extensive international and commercial experience in the flooring and construction industries will accelerate I4F’s drive on market expansion and the commercial development of our patent portfolios.”

Dekens joins I4F from Ideal Standard International, a European leader in bathroom solutions, where he was vice president of sales and marketing as well as a member of the company’s management board, reporting to the CEO. Previously, he spent 10 years at Tarkett in various positions. He was also business unit leader for Tarkett’s vinyl floors category for western Europe, based out of Luxembourg.

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Innovations4Flooring receives intention to grant from European Patent Office

Innovations4Willemstad, Curacao–Innovations4Flooring (I4F), a technology company providing flooring installation solutions, announced it has received an intention to grant letter from the European Patent Office for a divisional patent application, published as EP 2 719 845, relating to its 3L TripleLock innovation. The company said this will allow it to expand its scope of patent protection within Europe and provide its licensees with additional legal certainty of 3L TripleLock’s innovative character.

I4F’s European 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, according to John Rietveldt, CEO of Innovations4Flooring.

“This latest European patent is the addition of yet another protective plate in 3L TripleLock’s already strong and virtually impenetrable coat of armor,” he said. “It enables additional protection in Europe and intensifies our worldwide patent protection in 37 countries. We are safeguarding against new or unforeseen situations so that our licensees can concentrate on what they do best—manufacture and sell flawless, easy to install, superior flooring.”

I4F’s 3L TripleLock one-piece drop-lock technology has patents granted in 37 countries worldwide and multiple additional patent applications pending.  The company said I4F’s technology is already being used on millions of square meters of different types of flooring, including laminate, wood, luxury vinyl tile and wood plastic composite (WPC).  I4F’s one-piece drop lock solution is based on a threefold locking mechanism.

“Our goal is to revolutionize the global flooring industry through freedom of choice and game changing innovations offered at a reasonable fee compared to the total manufacturing cost price of products,” Rietveldt said.

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Innovations4Flooring introduces new drop lock installation techniques

Screen Shot 2014-07-03 at 9.56.12 AMWillemstad, Curaco — Innovations4Flooring, a new installation technology company, announced two new products—TripleLock and Click4U. The  company said the offerings provide a unique drop lock installation technique for flooring panels that eliminates the need for an additional insert on the short side.

According to the company, this elimination provides manufacturers with the possibility to improve productivity levels as well as to reduce their costs and carbon footprint. For both solutions several international patent applications have been filed. For the TripleLock solution, patents have already been granted in Europe and the USA.

TripleLock provides a drop-lock installation innovation while Click4U provides an angle system on the long side and a drop-lock on the short side. The solution is suitable for laminate, LVT, wood plastic composite and wooden flooring panels.

Innovations4Flooring, created in 2013, comprises a highly experienced team of international industry professionals and receives strong investment from Dutch private equity group Ramphastos.
Leading the company is John Rietveldt, who previously worked as global president for Tarkett. Heading up R&D is Eddy Boucké, technical founder of Berry Floors. Boucké also previously worked as a consultant at Vålinge and Kronospan.

Rietveldt, CEO of Innovations4Flooring said, “We believe the global flooring market is ready for change and our innovations will play a significant role in this huge industry transformation. The patent market has been reserved for just a handful of players for almost 20 years. With some important patents soon to expire, our drop lock one piece offers the industry a faster, more cost-effective way to manufacture environmentally friendly solutions in a sustainable way. And in a highly competitive market, the introduction of a drop lock solution on the short side means that installation for end-users is significantly facilitated.”