June 16, 2020
Synventive Molding Solutions, Inc. (“Synventive”), a global leader in hot runner systems and components for the injection molding industry, announced today that it is enforcing the remedies ordered by the Mannheim Regional Court (docket number 7 O 36/19 – Landgericht Mannheim) on April 24, 2020. The Court ruled that FLEXflow and FLEXflow ONE products of INglass S.p.A. and its German subsidiary HRSflow GmbH (collectively “HRSflow”) are infringing Synventive’s European Patent EP 2 620 266 B1 covering the use of actuators and pin control of sequential valve gated hot runner systems. HRSflow was ordered to cease the use, offer, sale, importation into and distribution of infringing products in Germany, and to cease offering and/or delivering these products to third parties in countries where it knows the products will be supplied to purchasers in Germany. The Court order also covers HRSflow’s servicing products in Germany with respect to installing or supplying infringing pin velocities. The court ruling is now final and binding on the defendants and cannot be appealed.
A further decision by the Mannheim Court regarding a proposed redesign of HRSflow's products ("stepped profile") is expected during the summer of 2020. A decision in the nullity action filed by HRSflow is still outstanding. Synventive believes strongly that the nullity action will be unsuccessful.
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