Fameccanica.Data S.p.A. (Fameccanica) owns patents protecting many of the innovative solutions it provides in the hygienic disposable absorbent converting industry. For example, Fameccanica owns European Patent No. 1355604 entitled “Disposable absorbent garment such as a diaper or training pants and a process of making the same” and its counterpart U.S. Patent No. 6,994,761. Fameccanica also manufactures and supplies equipment to customers under these patents which were duly issued by both the European and U.S. Patent Offices, respectively.
Curt G. Joa, Inc., a Fameccanica competitor, has now alleged that Fameccanica’s European Patent (UK) No. 1355604 and U.S. Patent No. 6,994,761 are invalid, and has filed proceedings against the Fameccanica patents in the English courts and the U.S. Patent Office respectively. Although the proceedings are ongoing, neither tribunal has found that the Fameccanica patents are invalid. Each patent remains valid until there is a final determination that it is invalid by the relevant tribunal. Fameccanica considers the allegations by its competitor to be meritless and is confident that the patents will be upheld. It therefore intends to vigorously defend its patent rights through the proceedings instigated by Curt G. Joa, Inc., and beyond as necessary.
Furthermore, as Fameccanica has done in the past, Fameccanica will continue to take a resolute stand against the infringement of any of its patents, to its own and its customers’ benefit. For example, Ontex BVBA (Ontex) and Fameccanica recently amicably settled a dispute concerning Fameccanica’s European Patent No. 1355604 and all of its equivalents worldwide. In the settlement, Fameccanica granted Ontex a non-exclusive limited license to European Patent No. 1355604 and its equivalents worldwide for the manufacturing and sale of products that fall within the scope of those patents (such as certain Adult Pull-Up products with laminated, breathable elastic film).
Fameccanica is a worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of hygienic disposable absorbent converting machinery and has been a persistent innovator since it was founded in 1975. Fameccanica.Data S.p.A. is the founder of the Fameccanica Group with operations in Europe, Asia, North America and South America, and the center of excellence for the development and design of all the Fameccanica technological platforms and for the production of top performing, high innovation level machines. For additional information about Fameccanica and its products, please visit www.fameccanica.com.