Huber Engineered Woods, Georgia-Pacific Settle Patent Infringement Suit
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Specialty building products manufacturer Huber Engineered Woods (HEW) has achieved a negotiated settlement with Georgia-Pacific Wood Products in the patent infringement lawsuit filed by HEW in the United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina (Huber Engineered Woods LLC v. Georgia-Pacific Wood Products LLC, Civil Action No. 3:16-cv-399).
The lawsuit, filed in June 2016 by HEW, alleged that GP’s ForceField products infringed HEW’s patents for its ZIP System sheathing and tape products. The settlement includes a license under HEW’s patents to GP to cover sales of GP’s ForceField products with a payment of an undisclosed upfront amount and ongoing royalties.
“For more than two decades, Huber Engineered Woods has provided innovative, premium products to our customers,” said HEW President Brian Carlson in a press release. “Investing in the continued development and protection of our intellectual property portfolio is central to our company’s strategy and success. We are pleased to resolve this issue with GP and will continue to be vigilant in the defense and protection of our brands and intellectual property.”
The confidential settlement terms grant to GP a license to offer its ForceField System products with the payment of an undisclosed upfront amount and ongoing royalties, GP said in a press release. “Our license with Huber provides GP with the flexibility to meet our customers’ needs for products that install more quickly than house wrap,” said Clarence Young, vice president, oriented strand board (OSB), Georgia-Pacific Wood Products. “We are pleased to bring closure to the lawsuit with Huber so that we can continue to serve our customers with innovative products that solve real challenges in the building community.”