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German Court Rules Patent Infringement Case in Favor of ITW Zip-Pak®

Manteno, IL – WEBWIRE

The Düsseldorf Regional Court recently ruled in favor of Zip-Pak®, a division of Illinois Tool Works (ITW) in a patent infringement case against Elplast Sp.z o.o. (case number 4a O 107/13) initiated in November 2013. The court ruled that an Elplast product infringed several claims of the Zip-Pak patent in question.  The ruling was pronounced final October 6, 2014. Krieger Mes & Graf von der Groeben and Roche, von Westernhagen und Ehresmann represented ITW in the matter.
Upon learning of the final ruling, Eric Plourde, Manager, Intellectual Property for Zip-Pak, commented, “We are very pleased that the court ruled in our favor in this matter. Zip-Pak has long been known as a leader for investing in new innovative products and processes and, in order to protect and continue to make these investments, we will strongly defend our global intellectual property"
About  Zip-Pak
The Zip-Pak division of ITW is a global leader in resealable packaging innovations. The company helps consumer product goods companies build brand preference through convenient, brand-differentiating packaging. Zip-Pak produces zipper applicators and technologies to serve original equipment manufacturers, converters, and packagers worldwide. Zip-Pak has headquarters in Manteno, Illinois and operates seven world-class production facilities strategically located around the globe. The company holds more than 400 closure and related patents worldwide.

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Eric Plourde
Manager, Intellectual Property
T: 815-468-6500


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