MWV's patents on fragrance dispensing system NoC dip tube ruled valid, enforceable by U.S. District Court; MWV currently involved in further litigation regarding alleged infringements on these patents in U.S. by competitors Rexam, Valois
November 14, 2011
– The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia ruled in favor of MeadWestvaco Corporation (NYSE: MWV) on August 18, 2011, and found that its U.S. patents for a fragrance dispensing system with its NoC® dip tube (patent number 7,718,132 and 7,722,819) are valid and enforceable. MWV has held exclusive U.S. patents on this technology since May 2010, and is currently involved in further litigation regarding alleged infringements of these patents in the U.S. by competitors Rexam and Valois.
“We’re pleased the courts agreed that our longstanding patents on NoC are valid and enforceable, and with this ruling we are hopeful that the court will also find in our favor regarding the infringement and willfulness claims against Rexam and Valois,” said Thomas Jonas, president, MWV Beauty & Personal Care Division. “This judgment validates MWV’s ownership of the intellectual property, and is further proof that MWV has been and will continue to be a company that provides innovative solutions for the needs of our fragrance and cosmetics customers worldwide.”
MWV’s NoC® dip tube is the world's first invisible dip tube for luxury fragrances. Introduced in 2006, the NoC® dip tube is manufactured globally to support prestige fragrance brands around the world. The dip tube uses light-refractive technology so that the dip tube virtually disappears when it comes in contact with a liquid fragrance or perfume.
MeadWestvaco Corporation (NYSE: MWV - News), provides packaging solutions to many of the world’s most-admired brands in the healthcare, beauty and personal care, food, beverage, home and garden, and tobacco industries. The company's businesses also include Consumer & Office Products, Specialty Chemicals, and the Community Development and Land Management Group, which sustainably manages the company’s land holdings to support its operations, and to provide for conservation, recreation and development opportunities. With 17,500 employees worldwide, MWV operates in 30 countries and serves customers in more than 100 nations. MWV manages all of its forestlands in accordance with internationally recognized forest certification standards, and has been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index for eight consecutive years. For more information, please visit www.mwv.com.