Portland, OR asked in Patents (Intellectual Property) for Oregon

Q: Does Daltile have any new patents related to it's Revotile product which was just launched?

Daltile is owned by Mohawk, who owns several key flooring patents related to the way PVC tiles and planks click together. They have recently launched a new product which is a combination of an SPC (PVC) base with a porcelain layer on top. The tiles click together, then you can grout them. We have been working on the same concept for the past year but porcelain fell into the anti-dumping category from China and that shot our plans. We now have a new source for the porcelain, but are concerned that Daltile/Mohawk may be able to stop us if we come to market. We need to understand their patent, if there is one on this specific product.

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Robyn T. Williams
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A: Hello, in order to make this determination you will need to obtain a freedom to operate analysis from an Intellectual Property attorney. In completing this analysis, an evaluation of the patent(s) about which you are concerned will be completed and compared to your product. If it is found that the patent claims read on your product, you will have the opportunity to either negotiate a license or design around the patent(s).

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