Friday, April 23, 2010

Stay Lifted on Patent Infringement Complaint by Tillotson Corporation Against Top Glove Sdn Bhd

Tillotson Corporation announced today that the stay was lifted on the Patent Infringement complaint that it filed against Top Glove Sdn Bhd and TG Medical Sdn Bhd in the United States District Court for Northern Georgia. This complaint, in which Tillotson seeks damages for infringement of its Nitrile Glove technology, was originally filed in 2007, but had no activity while the International Trade Commission (ITC) investigation was active. With the conclusion of that ITC investigation, the Top Glove companies are now required to answer this complaint by the end of April 2010.

Neil Tillotson and Luc DeBecker developed and patented the Nitrile Glove technology in 1990. The Tillotson patent covers technology related to the production of a synthetic rubber glove that relaxes after being donned and comfortably conforms to the contours of the wearer's hand. The patent was reissued in 1997.

About Tillotson Corporation

Tillotson Corporation was started by Neil Tillotson, after selling his new invention, the world's first latex balloons, at the Patriot's Day Parade in 1931.


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topglove 已作出官方回应

General Announcement
Reference No TGC-100105-4C3DC

Company Name
Stock Name
Date Announced

Top Glove Corporation Bhd (“Company” or “Top Glove”)
- Reply to the Article published in The Edge

Top Glove refer to the article entitled “Tillitson : Top Glove must now answer infringement charges” appearing in The Financial Daily under home business on Friday, 23 April 2010, page 2 and in particular, the following statement in the reported article:

"...Tillotson announced that the stay on the patent infringement complaint that it had filed against Top Glove Sdn Bhd and TG Medical Sdn Bhd in the US District Court for Northern Georgia had been lifted."

"...the Top Glove companies are now required to answer this complaint by the end of April 2010...”

Top Glove would like to inform Bursa Malaysia Securities Bhd that Tillotson Corporation (TC), in the United States has lifted the stay imposed by the U.S. District Court in Georgia of Patent infringement of nitrile gloves against Top Glove’s two subsidiaries.

Top Glove wish to advise that in the latest ruling of the U.S. ITC Federal Court for the Federal Circuit on 14 December 2009, it was decided that the Tillotson Patent on nitrile gloves (United States Patent No. 35,616) is invalid. TC has not appealed and the date of appeal has already lapsed.

In line with the decision of the U.S. ITC Federal Court, Top Glove are in the process of striking off this case. Our US lawyers are of the opinion that Top Glove has a very good case on the invalidity claim based on the ITC Court decision above.

Top Glove envisaged that there will not be any material implication to the performance of the Group as the infringement claims are only confined to sales of nitrile gloves to the state of Georgia which is not material to the total turnover of the Group.

This announcement is dated 23 April 2010.

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