Building products manufacturer Huber Engineered Woods (HEW) achieved a negotiated settlement with Louisiana-Pacific Corporation (LP) in HEW’s patent infringement lawsuit. The lawsuit, filed in February 2019, alleged that LP’s WeatherLogic Air & Water Barrier products infringed HEW’s patents for its ZIP System sheathing and tape products.
“For almost three decades, Huber Engineered Woods has provided innovative, premium, products to our customers,” HEW president Brian Carlson said. “Investing in the continued development and protection of our intellectual property portfolio is central to our company’s strategy and success. We have and always will be vigilant in the defense and protection of our brands and intellectual property.”
As part of the settlement, LP will continue to manufacture and sell its Structural I sheathing with integrated water-resistive overlay under the WeatherLogic brand. Further terms of the settlement were not disclosed.
“We are incredibly proud of LP’s innovative suite of high-performance products,” LP executive vice president and general manager of OSB Jimmy Mason. “For more than 50 years, LP has provided industry-leading engineered wood products, which we are committed to vigorously defending in the marketplace. The LP Structural Solutions portfolio, which includes LP Weatherlogic, is an important part of our product strategy and is widely regarded by building professionals for its ability to address industry challenges and support more resilient, durable builds.”
HEW’s exterior wall and roof system, 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, according to the company. COmpleted with taped panel seams using acrylic-based ZIP System tape, HEW says the system helps achieve quick rough dry-in, while providing a continuous air barrier to protect against unwanted air leakage.