Ottawa, IL, November 30, 2015 – Recent rulings of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) of the United States Patent and Trademark Office have no impact on the continued validity of the fundamental patent claims surrounding LMK’s commercial embodiments for the Insignia Seal™. LMK, in fact, prevailed on petitions filed by BLD on patent claims surrounding LMK’s commercial embodiments for the Insignia Seal™. Specifically, claims covering the Hydro Hat™ remain 100% intact and valid following BLD’s multiple unsuccessful challenges to LMK’s patent claims. The PTAB also determined that some of the claims of U.S. Patents 7,975,726; 8,667,991; and 8,667,992 were unpatentable. However, those patent claims are not focused on the Hydro Hat™ sealing gasket, but primarily describe materials and methods that are not practiced by LMK. LMK remains committed to the Hydro Hat™ gasket because of its superior performance. Importantly, patent claims covering LMK’s Hydro Hat™ are still considered valid and enforceable, and the technology is very valuable to utility owners and their rate payers. Read More “LMK’s Patented Hydro Hat Withstands Multiple Patent Reviews Initiated by BLD Services”
Ottawa, IL, June 20, 2017 – LMK Technologies is proud to announce its continued five year partnership with Flow-Liner as a National Distributor of the Neofit System. The updated Neofit system is a durable, green, and cost effective method of trenchless rehabilitation of potable water lines, providing almost instantaneous results with increased flow rate and minimal diameter loss while creating a barrier from lead, preventing contamination and making water safe for consumers.
“LMK is very excited to continue partnership with Flow-Liner,” says Larry Kiest, Jr., President, CTO and Founder of LMK Technologies. “We look forward to promoting this technology with our highly skilled network of licensed contractors and distributors so water utilities across the country can benefit from improved water quality and meet the demand for renewed water service lines, complimenting the rise in rehabilitation of water mains.” Read More “LMK to Upgrade Neofit® Potable Water Product Range”
When Steve Stefanidis launched Liner Guys Inc. with his long-time associate and co-founder Mike Rodger, he not only thoroughly understood the sewer and replacement industry, but also the void in the Ontario, Canada marketplace.
“Customer service was not a specialty, it was an add-on” explains Stefanidis, the company’s co-owner and co- founder. “I worked for several local organizations that did good work. But, I always thought it took more to get to the next level. Repeat customers and referrals demand and should expect quality at every level. People do not want to think about their sewer lines. They want you to come in, do the work and get out without any fuss or bother. We began Liner Guys with an emphasis on customer satisfaction and getting it right the first time.” Read More “Driving Business with a “No Dig” Approach to Sewer Repair in London, Ontario”
Ottawa, IL., April 14, 2014 – LMK Technologies, LLC, filed an amended complaint for patent infringement on April 11th, against BLD Services LLC in a case currently pending in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. The original complaint alleged infringement of U.S. Patent 7,975,726. The amended complaint adds two additional claims for patent infringement relating to U.S. Patents 8,667,991 and 8,667,992. The patented technology in the three asserted patents relates to pipeline rehabilitation and the use of hydrophilic materials to seal the junction between main and lateral sewer pipes. Read More “LMK Technologies Files Amended Complaint against BLD Services, Alleging Infringement of Two Additional Patents”
Ottawa, IL, August, 31, 2015 – On August 24, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) ruled in favor of LMK Technologies, LLC, declining institution of inter partes reviews on two petitions filed by BLD Services, LLC. The decisions were issued in IPR2015-00723 (Paper 7) and IPR2015-00721 (Paper 9).
The LMK patents at issue pertain to LMK’s T-Liner® main-to-lateral cured-in-place connection lining with Insignia™ gasket sealing technology and are the subject of pending district court litigation against BLD. BLD previously unsuccessfully challenged the same claims with earlier IPR petitions. The original complaint, filed in February, 2014 by LMK Technologies in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, alleges that BLD has and continues to infringe U.S. Patents 7,975,726 and 8,667,991. Read More “LMK Technologies Receives Favorable Ruling from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Patent Trial and Appeal Board”
Ottawa, IL, August 9 , 2013 – Picote Oy Ltd., headquartered in Porvoo, Finland has selected LMK Technologies as their North American Distributor for the full line of trenchless drain rehabilitation machinery and tools for use in cured-in-place pipe (CIPP) and drain cleaning. LMK Technologies located in Ottawa, IL is an industry leader in trenchless rehabilitation for lateral sewer lines and mainline to lateral connection systems. Read More “LMK Technologies Selected as North American Distributor for Picote Cutter Systems”