U.S. Patent Office Confirms World Factory Solar Umbrella Patent

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On September 23, 2013 the U.S. Patent Office issued a Reexamination Certificate to World Factory, Inc. for one of its utility patents for solar patio umbrellas. This patent, along with three other solar umbrella patents, validate that World Factory is the original inventor and owns the rights to its popular solar patio umbrella.

The original invention of the solar patio umbrella was filed by World Factory with the U.S. Patent Office on February 7, 2002 and was originally issued on September 2, 2003. Shortly after the patent was issued, competitors contested the validity of the patent with the U.S. Patent Office. The challenge and review process spread over eight years with the outcome reaffirming the novelty of its solar patio umbrella U.S. Utility Patent No. 6,612,713 on September 23, 2013.

With the Reexamination Certificate in hand, and with its other solar patents, World Factory’s portfolio of broad and strong patents provide extensive protection in the field of solar powered umbrellas, and additional pending applications will likely extend the reach even further.

World Factory is currently in the process of reviewing the solar powered umbrella market that might be impacted by World Factory’s patent portfolio, including the recently issued Reexamination Certificate. World Factory has indicated it is interested in partnering with select manufacturers, importers and retailers either by providing complete solar powered umbrellas or by selectively licensing its technology.

About World Factory:
Since 1999, World Factory has provided innovative products and global logistics services to valued customers all over the world. Specializing in product development, sourcing, complex consolidation, and logistics solutions, we present customers with resources that help them navigate the intricate supply chain of today.

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