CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Specialty products manufacturer Huber Engineered Woods LLC announced today that the company has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Georgia-Pacific Wood Products LLC alleging that the ForceField™ Air and Water Barrier System infringes HEW’s patents for its ZIP System® sheathing and tape products. HEW filed the lawsuit in the United States District Court of the Western District of North Carolina.
In a press release, HEW president Brian Carlson said, “For more than two decades, Huber Engineered Woods has provided innovative, premium and branded solutions to its customers and builders. We have consistently invested to develop a broad portfolio of patents to protect our branded products, including ZIP System sheathing and tape products and AdvanTech® flooring and sheathing panels, both of which are synonymous with innovation in the building industry.”
Reached for comment Friday, Georgia-Pacific marketing manager Jeff Key released the following statement: “Georgia-Pacific Wood Products is aware of the lawsuit filed by Huber Engineered Woods related to Georgia-Pacific’s recently-launched ForceField Air and Water Barrier System. As a company that respects intellectual property, Georgia-Pacific remains confident that ForceField does not violate the intellectual property (IP) rights of others, including those of Huber. Georgia-Pacific disagrees with Huber’s allegations, and intends to vigorously defend itself in this matter.”