J-Channel Industries Files Patent Infringement Lawsuits Against Window Manufacturers

Window & Door
August 13, 2013

J-Channel Industries Corp. has filed eight patent infringement lawsuits in the Federal District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee, in connection with its patented J-Channel Window Frame Construction technology. Defendants in the lawsuits consist of retailers, window manufacturers and home builders, including Lowe’s Cos., Inc.; Clayton Homes, Inc.; Pella Corp.; Jeld-Wen, Inc.; Atrium Windows and Doors, Inc.; Ply Gem Industries, Inc.; RGF Industries, Inc.; Tafco Corp.; Kinro Manufacturing, Inc.; and Elixir Industries, Inc.

“Our inventor is a former window manufacturer that was forced out of the business by a consortium of larger, more powerful competitors, who misappropriated his J-Channel technology,." says Robert Berman, president and CEO of J-Channel parent company, CopyTele, Inc. "After licensing the technology to a few manufacturers, the original J-Channel patent was invalidated in patent litigation over 10 years ago due to discrepancies in the claim language. Following that litigation, the inventor fortified the claim language to eliminate the discrepancies, and the patent office re-issued the patent. As a result, we now have a much stronger patent, an established royalty rate based upon the previous licenses, and widespread infringement for J-Channel technology which has become an industry standard.”

J-Channel functionality allows for easier and faster installation of windows commonly used in modular, manufactured, and conventional homes, according to company officials.