The move follows similar action initiated by Tensar in Germany last week where papers were served on TMP by the local court in Berlin on behalf of the District Court in Düsseldorf where Tensar has filed a patent infringement action against TMP.
The Canada lawsuit against Enviro-Pro Geosynthetics Ltd, is pending in Federal Court, which is the national trial court in Ottawa.
Tim Oliver, Tensar VP for product management and technology, said: “We have taken this legal measure in order to enforce our Canada issued patent for TriAx geogrid. We accuse Enviro-Pro of selling certain products manufactured by TMP in China, sometimes referred to as ‘trigrid’ or ‘quaxial’ geogrid, which have aperture shapes and characteristics that infringe our patent relating to multi-axial geogrids.”
Don Meltzer, CEO of Tensar, added: “We have a proven track record over several decades for investing heavily in innovation in order to develop a technical lead in the market and advance the geosynthetics industry. Our TriAx geogrid patents cover a wide range of multi-axial geogrid products, the methods for manufacturing such products, and various uses for these products. We will rigorously protect our patents around the world against those that we believe are wrongful imitators or are knowingly selling or using infringing products. Patents exist to protect and encourage investment in innovation. For this reason, it is in all of our interests to respect the patent law.”