Specialty building products manufacturer Huber Engineered Woods has reached a negotiated settlement with Georgia Pacific Wood Products in a patent-infringement lawsuit

The lawsuit, filed in June 2016 by Huber Engineered Wood, alleged that Georgia Pacific’s ForceField products infringed on Huber’s patents for its ZIP System sheathing and tape products. The settlement includes a license under Huber’s patents to Georgia Pacific to cover sales of ForceField products with a payment of an undisclosed upfront amount and ongoing royalties.

“For more than two decades, Huber Engineered Woods has provided innovative, premium products to our customers,” said president Brian Carlson. “Investing in the continued development and protection of our intellectual property portfolio is central to our company’s strategy and success.  We are pleased to resolve this issue with Georgia Pacific and will continue to be vigilant in the defense and protection of our brands and intellectual property.”

The ZIP System consists of a high-performance engineered wood panel with a built-in water-resistive barrier that eliminates the need for housewrap or felt. Completed with taped panel seams using acrylic-based ZIP System tape, the system helps achieve quick rough dry-in while providing a continuous air barrier to protect against unwanted air leakage.

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