The Patents Court has upheld the validity of a patent that protects Komfort’s Bubble Joint gasket.
Komfort issued a challenged against a glass-to-glass gasket designed by Lizzanno Partitioning (UK). Komfort claimed that Lizzanno’s design infringed the patent for its Polar Bubble Joint, while Lizzanno counterclaimed that the patent was invalid.
The court found in favour of Komfort on both counts, awarding significant costs and an as yet undecided sum of damages for breaching the patent. It also required that Lizzanno stops using its gasket on any future projects.
Komfort said that, with support from its parent company Laidlaw Interiors Group (LIG), it had spent a lot on defending its Bubble Joint patent as it a key component and differentiator in the Komfort Polar partitioning system.
Komfort managing director Nick Prosser said: “The ruling confirms that our glass-to-glass gasket is rightly protected and Komfort will pursue any other businesses we believe to be infringing this patent or any other Komfort patent.”