Knauf Insulation files case against CertainTeed for patent infringement

SHELBYVILLE, Ind., Feb. 28, 2011– Knauf Insulation, a global leader in sustainable insulation products, filed a patent infringement action against CertainTeed Corporation today in the Federal District Court in Indiana.  According to PRNewswire, the lawsuit seeks to protect Knauf Insulation’s valuable intellectual property rights in its innovative ECOSE Technology.  Knauf Insulation alleges that the manufacture, use and sale of certain CertainTeed Sustainable Insulation products infringe on Knauf Insulation’s patent rights.

ECOSE Technology converts natural, rapidly renewable bio-based materials into an inert polymer and does not contain phenol, formaldehyde, acrylics or artificial colors. It was launched after five years of intensive research and development and was recognized at the Global Insulation Conference and Exhibition in 2009 with the Global Insulation Product of the Year award.

"Knauf Insulation is leading the industry in moving toward more sustainable insulation solutions," said Mark Andrews, CEO of Knauf Insulation North America.  "We want to ensure that our patents are respected as others follow our lead."

The lawsuit seeks to stop the manufacture and sale of CertainTeed Sustainable Insulation in the United States and includes a claim for damages.

"Our significant investment in time and resources to develop Knauf Insulation with ECOSE Technology has given our customers a competitive edge in the marketplace and has helped make them leaders in the Green Building industry," said Andrews.  "We have filed this suit on their behalf as much as our own."

According to the PRNewswire press release, Knauf Insulation is the fastest-growing insulation manufacturer in the world, with a wide range of insulation products for new and existing homes, commercial buildings, industrial, and OEM applications. With manufacturing operations in the UK, Continental Europe, and Russia in addition to the USA, annual sales revenue is in excess of $1.5 billion. Its North American headquarters is located at One Knauf Drive, Shelbyville, Ind., 46176.  Its products are manufactured in Shelbyville, Ind., Lanett, Ala., and Shasta, Calif. 

CertainTeed Corporation is a leading North American manufacturer of building materials including roofing, vinyl and fiber cement siding, trim, fence, railing, decking, foundations, insulation, gypsum, ceilings, and pipe products. Headquartered in Valley Forge, Pa., it is a subsidiary of Saint-Gobain, one of the top 100 industrial companies in the world.

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