July 25, 2006

It was announced on Monday that Knoll, Inc. and Humanscale Corporation settled their patent dispute regarding sales of the Knoll Life™ chair. Knoll, the manufacturer and distributor of a range of office furniture, was sued in January by Humanscale in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, alleging infringement by Knoll of U.S. Patent No. 6,959,965, entitled “Ergonomic chair.” In response to the January 10th filing, Knoll sued Humanscale on January 12th in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, where it sought a declaratory judgment that Humanscale’s patent was invalid and that it did not infringe the patent. Specific details regarding the settlement have not been disclosed, but as part of the settlement, Humanscale has agreed not to prevent Knoll from selling its Life™ chair.

Hemscott News Article: LINK
Yahoo! News Article: LINK
U.S. Patent No. 6,959,965: LINK
Knoll Life™ Chair Product Webpage: LINK
Humanscale Website: LINK


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