Volume 8, Issue 6,  November/December  2004



Madico Named in Patent Lawsuit

A verdict was issued in United States District Court that found in favor of Paul W. Poirier of Glassy Business Inc and View Plus Window Products, inventor of the Frame/Lok in a patent infringement case Poirier brought against Madico. The ruling, issued September 2, 2004, found Madico guilty on charges patent infringement for the promotion and sale of the GullWing attachment product.

Poirier applied for a patent on Frame/Lok in 1997 and received a certificate of patent in 1999. In 2001 he found out about GullWing, of which Madico is the primary North American distributor.

According to a Madico news release, GullWing is the design of British company FrameGARD Anchoring Systems. The company statement says a patent was issued for FrameGARD in the United Kingdom and that it has patent applications pending in the United States, Canada and Hong Kong. Madico has said it will appeal the decision.

Poirier said in a phone interview from his office in Kelowna, British Columbia, that he and his lawyer plan to pursue legal action against the sale of GullWing in Canada and to legally challenge the inventor of the GullWing in the United Kingdom, as well.

Madico has suspended new sales of GullWing during the appellate process, but says it will continue to offer other viable attachment system options.

Hurricane Season Illustrates Need for Film
The Protecting People First Foundation launched an on-site study to document the contribution of impact resistant glass, hurricane shutters and other protective glazing technologies in preventing injury and property loss as a result of Hurricane Charley. It has since expanded the effort to include those impacted by Frances and Ivan.

Project Safe Windows, as the initiative is called, started August 25 with staff members traveling to Florida to begin surveying damage from Charley. The Foundation formed a partnership with ABS Consulting, a risk management firm, to analyze the performance of various forms of safety glass in the areas hardest hit by the August hurricane. 

“We’ve already received a good deal of anecdotal evidence of impact resistant glazing and safety window film making a big difference in preventing injury and dramatically reducing property damage in Hurricane Charley,” said Eric Cote, manager of the Protecting People First Foundation. “Our objective with Project Safe Windows is to conduct a detailed analysis to validate these initial reports and document findings from an engineering standpoint.”
Window Film Holds Strong at United Nations Building 
More than 700 Sudanese refugees attacked the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Cairo, Egypt recently, using stones and bricks. The refugees were protesting what they perceived as a lack of services provided by the commission, when the situation turned violent, but no injuries were reported inside the building. Shatter resistant window film had been applied to the windows in May.

“The last thing that I can imagine is that a United Nations’ office to be attacked by the people whom it is serving, but it seems that everything is possible nowadays,” said Walid Bishara, managing director of Armashield Egypt. “I believe that this case is the first live test regarding the efficiency and benefits of security window films for the United Nations offices in the region. The SRWF performed well and everyone at the office was impressed as well as the Egyptian police.”

AIMCAL Names New Coating Committee Co-Chairs 

The Association of Industrial Metallizers, Coaters and Laminators (AIMCAL) has announced the appointments of Ingrid Brase, National Starch and Chemical Co and John Pasquale, New Era Converting Machinery Inc. as co-chairs of the AIMCAL Coating Committee.

The AIMCAL Coating Committee is a group of AIMCAL members who work on technical issues of web coating of interest to the AIMCAL membership. Currently, they are finalizing the agenda for the upcoming Fall Technical Conference, October 24 - 27 in Charleston, SC.

The previous chairperson of the committee, Phil Faria, Lamart Corporation stepped down due to increased demands of his time. 

In other AIMCAL news, members have a new resource for the AIMCAL Environmental Committee. A compilation of links relating to surface coating is available to AIMCAL members through the association’s website, www.aimcal.org and is expected to be a valuable resource for converting industry environmental professionals.

IWFA Dealer Locator Gets Results
The International Window Film Association (IWFA) has been pleased with the results of its “Find A Dealer In Your Area” tool for consumers on its website. Companies have been calling the IWFA staff, telling them of leads they got from the website. On occasion, consumers who are not aware of the tool, call the IWFA office and are shown the process of using the dealer locator by IWFA staff.
The site can be accessed at www.iwfa.com.

Window Film magazine Announces Alaskan Cruise for 2005
Window Film magazine and its sister publications will embark on the first ever Management Cruise to Alaska, scheduled for June 4-11, 2005. The Royal Caribbean Radiance of the Seas® Cruise will feature educational seminars and industry social networking opportunities.

The cruise will depart on June 4 from Vancouver, British Columbia, and stop in the ports of Juneau, Skagway and Ketchikan, Alaska, as well as at Hubbard Glacier. Between ports there will be three days of sessions geared for those managing the industry.

“We are pleased to be able to offer such an event to those wishing to enhance their level of management expertise and to add to the betterment of their industries,” said Deb Levy of Key Communications Inc.

The cruise ship is comprised of twelve decks, complete with a casino, rock-climbing wall, solarium, fitness center, basketball/volleyball courts, multiple restaurants, lounges and clubs.
Info+ call 540/720-5584 x151 or e-mail hsteele@glass.com

IWFE Attendees Invited to IGA Spring Glass Show
The International Window Film Conference, Expo and Tint-Off (IWFE), which will be held in February, provides new opportunities to attendees this year, when it joins with the Independents’ Glass Association’s (IGA) Spring Glass Show. The IGA Spring Glass Show brings together glass industry professionals and is part of the spring conference held by the association, which comprises many independent glass shops from across the country. Attendees to the IWFE are invited and encouraged to attend the trade show on February 25, 2005. IWFE badges to will allow attendees free admission to the IGA trade show only. Seminars are not included. The IGA Spring Glass Show will be held February 23-25, 2005 and IWFE runs February 25-27, both at the Rosen Plaza Hotel in Orlando, Fla.



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