Snavely Forest Products Wins in Appellate Court

Pittsburgh-based Snavely Forest Products Inc., a national building materials manufacturer and distributor, has ended a lengthy patent infringement lawsuit involving its Kimberly Bay™ reinforced vinyl screen doors. In May, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, D.C. affirmed a lower court's ruling that Snavely's Kimberly Bay vinyl screen doors did not infringe upon the patent of a competitor, Guerry Green of Charleston, S.C.

In addition, the United States Patent Office has awarded a patent to Snavely for its reinforced vinyl screen doors. Coupled with the recent court ruling, the patent enables Snavely to begin marketing and selling its Kimberly Bay vinyl screen doors. The ongoing legal claim had effectively prevented the company from doing so since 2002.

"We are extremely pleased with the appellate court's order affirming the trial court's decision, which validates what we have argued for almost five years - that the design and production of Snavely's reinforced vinyl screen doors did not infringe upon Green's patent," says Mark A. Grace, Cohen and Grigsby attorney and director in the firm's Litigation Practice Group. "Moreover, this is a victory for the consumer. Snavely's Kimberly Bay vinyl screen doors will continue to provide homeowners and contractors with a superior choice when shopping for quality screen doors."

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