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3M Obtains Rulings for Injunctions Against Manufacturer of Retro-reflective Fire Coat Trim in Canada


London, ON (June 17, 2011) – 3M Canada, along with 3M and 3M Innovative Properties Co., announced today that 3M and Eurotex North America, Inc. have settled a patent infringement lawsuit filed by 3M against Eurotex in Canada for infringing a 3M patent relating to reflective fire coat trim. Eurotex and 3M consented to an Order entered by the Federal Court in Ottawa, Canada stipulating that Eurotex pay 3M for past profits and issuing an injunction against Eurotex.

The injunction restrains Eurotex from making, constructing, using, importing, offering for sale, selling and distributing any products that would infringe 3M’s Canadian Patent No. 2,188,141, including the products that Eurotex previously offered under the names TriViz, TrivizMyLite, and FireLiteC.

The injunction granted by the court uphold 3M’s intellectual property rights and defends its inventive work that allows the company to bring innovative products to the market. 3M has been providing fire services with enhanced visibility products for more than 25 years. 3MTM ScotchliteTM Reflective Material – Fire Coat Trim is designed to enhance the visibility of firefighters and emergency personnel in daylight, as well as low light and nighttime conditions.

For more information about 3M’s enhanced visibility products, visit www.3M.ca/Safety.

3M and Scotchlite are trademarks of 3M.

About 3M Canada

Established in 1951, 3M Canada Company was one of the first international subsidiaries opened by 3M and remains one of the largest. 3M Canada’s head office and original manufacturing site is in London, Ontario where approximately half of the company’s 1,800 employees work. Other locations include Toronto, Brockville, and Perth, Ontario and Morden, Manitoba. Globally, 3M has operations in more than 65 countries and captures the spark of new ideas and transforms them into thousands of ingenious products. Our culture of creative collaboration inspires a never-ending stream of powerful technologies that make life better.


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