HeatLink Group Inc. announced it has signed a technology licensing agreement with Uponor AB that allows the company to resume manufacture and sale of PEX piping and resolves ongoing intellectual property litigation in Canada and the U.S.
PM reported last month that The Federal Court of Canada issued a ruling that halted HeatLink and its associated companies from manufacturing and selling PEX piping in Canada based on infringement of Uponor intellectual property. Following the ruling, the two companies came to a licensing agreement that allows HeatLink to resume its manufacturing and sales operations. The agreement also settles pending litigation in the U.S.
“We’re pleased that we were able to resolve this issue in a way that allows us to continue to meet the needs of our customers and our employees," says Manfred Schmidt, CEO of HeatLink.
Bill Gray, president of Uponor North America, agreed. “We’re pleased that we were able to come to an agreement that protects our valuable intellectual property,” said Gray. “It’s a fair outcome for all involved and allows us to focus on our respective markets and customers.”
HeatLink Group Inc. is a supplier of PEX-a plumbing, potable water systems and radiant heating and cooling systems for the residential and commercial building markets across North America. As a fully integrated plumbing and heating manufacturing company, they offer a complete system approach.