Glass Maker Sues Window Manufacturer for Breach of License

May 15th, 2012 by DWM Magazine

PPG Industries has filed a suit against Jeld-Wen Inc. alleging the company has breached its rights to PPG’s patent applications. The suit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, on May 1, 2012.

The complaint alleges that PPG is the owner of patent applications covering an insulating unit having a low thermal conducting edge, and, per the license agreement, PPG had granted to Jeld-Wen certain rights and licenses with respect to the patents. In exchange for the rights and licenses granted to Jeld-Wen by PPG, the window manufacturer is required to make periodic royalty payments to PPG.

“Despite several demands that it do so, Jeld-Wen has failed to make its required royalty payments,” alleges PPG in the complaint.

The suit also claims that “as a direct and proximate result of defendant Jeld-Wen’s breach of contract, PPG has suffered damages resulting from Jeld-Wen’s failure and refusal to pay the royalty payments required by the license agreement.” PPG alleges that its damages have exceeded $75,000, exclusive of interest and costs.

The original agreement regarding the patents was made on September 24, 1992, according to the complaint.

Jeld-Wen had not yet responded to the suit, and the company declined to comment.

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