Saint-Gobain Calmar Wins Legal Agreement in Counterfeit Products Dispute

Apr 12, 2002, 01:00 ET from Saint-Gobain Calmar Inc.

    CITY OF INDUSTRY, Calif., April 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Saint-Gobain Calmar
 Inc., the world's largest manufacturer of non-aerosol fluids dispensing
 systems for consumer products, recently obtained a legal settlement concerning
 the use of alleged counterfeit products which infringe on the company's
 trademarked TS800(TM) trigger sprayers.  Saint-Gobain Calmar took legal action
 which has successfully stopped the Magic Creations and Loomco companies from
 using counterfeit sprayers in their products.  The two companies have also
 agreed to replace sprayers in any of their currently stocked products with
 non-infringing sprayers.
     The TS800 is the world's best selling trigger sprayer and is used by the
 world's leading consumer products companies for its superior spray performance
 and compatibility combined with industry-leading design and adaptability.
 Trigger sprayers are commonly used in such applications as window cleaner
 bottles, pesticides, and many other household products.  In North America,
 Saint-Gobain Calmar molds and assembles TS800 components in Winfield, Kansas,
 and Lee's Summit, Missouri, depending on customer requirements.
     "Calmar products include important patented features which are critical to
 the performance, appearance and ease of use for our customers' products," says
 John McKernan, president of Saint-Gobain Calmar.  "We are very concerned that
 consumers will associate inferior counterfeits with our sprayers, and we are
 also disturbed that some overseas manufacturers have been purposely exporting
 patent-infringing products to customers in North America, Europe, South
 America and Australia.  These products frequently violate our global design
 patents, utility patents and trademarks, all obtained by Calmar to
 continuously improve our products and our customers' products.
     "We are satisfied with the resolution of this recent legal action,"
 McKernan adds.  "However, we will extend our legal activity to even more
 diligently defend our important intellectual property, not only for Calmar but
 on behalf of our customers and, ultimately, the consumer.  We welcome the
 opportunity to compete with imports on a level playing field but will not
 allow challengers to benefit unfairly from Calmar's investments nor take
 advantage of distinctive designs that have become our mark of quality and
 excellence in the dispensing business."
     Saint-Gobain Calmar Inc. has its corporate offices in City of Industry,
 California. The company has five manufacturing plants in the United States,
 two in Germany, and one each in Spain, China, and Brazil, as well as sales
 offices, licensees and distributors all over the world.
     Saint-Gobain (Paris), of which Saint-Gobain Calmar is a part, is a leading
 worldwide producer of building materials, high-performance plastics,
 insulation, flat glass, glass containers, piping, reinforcements, abrasives
 and industrial ceramics.  One of the top 100 industrial companies in the
 world, Saint-Gobain had sales of $27.2 billion in 2001.  In the United States
 and Canada, Saint-Gobain employs approximately 28,000 people and operates 200
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