EHC Global to Supply NT Escalator Handrail to One Vanderbilt, New York City’s Newest Skyscraper

 
EHC Global (EHC), a leading manufacturer of handrails, rollers, composite steel belts and components to the vertical transportation industry, is pleased to announce that One Vanderbilt in New York City will feature EHC’s patented NT escalator handrail solution. Upon completion in 2020, One Vanderbilt will be one of New York City’s tallest skyscrapers at a height of 1,401 feet (427 metres). Developed by EHC, the NT handrail platform was introduced in 1997 as an environmentally-friendly and technologically advanced alternative to conventional rubber-based products. The NT suite of value-added solutions, collectively referred to as “NT+”, has been engineered to provide enhanced safety, wayfinding, aesthetics, branding, and ease of maintenance. EHC has provided escalator handrails and on-site field splicing services to many prestigious and landmark commercial buildings and mixed-use development projects throughout New York City including One World Trade Center, Hudson Yards, Rockefeller Center, and Time Warner Center. Each day, EHC helps millions of people all over the world move safely and comfortably in office buildings, public transit systems, shopping malls, airports, hospitals, convention centres and other urban spaces.

For more information about EHC, visit www.ehc-global.com.

 

John M. Calderon
Director of Marketing
EHC GLOBAL
1287 Boundary Road
Oshawa, ON L1J 6Z7
O: 905-432-6600, Ext. 217
M: 647-456-7547
www.ehc-global.com
john.calderon@ehc-global.com

Nissan Canada Showcases Altima Sedan Brand at 2019 Montreal International Auto Show with EHC Global’s ADRail™ Escalator Handrail Solution

 

February 2, 2019 (Oshawa, Canada) ─ EHC Global (EHC), a leading manufacturer of handrails, rollers, composite steel belts, and components to the vertical transportation industry, is pleased to announce Nissan Canada Inc. (NCI) implemented EHC’s ADRail™ escalator handrail solution to promote the Altima sedan brand at the 2019 Montreal International Auto Show (MIAS). NCI is the Canadian sales, marketing, and distribution subsidiary of Nissan Motor Limited and Nissan North America, Inc.

 

The MIAS show, produced by Montreal Automobile Dealers Corporation in collaboration with Montreal Gazette, took place from January 18-27 at the Palais des congrès de Montréal in Montréal, Quebec, Canada. The installation of the ADRail™ campaign was managed and executed by Time2Ad Inc., EHC’s Canadian ADRail™ licensee.

 

ADRail™ has been specifically developed by EHC for escalators and moving walks and consists of a custom graphic film applied directly over the handrail by a qualified installer. ADRail™ features an antimicrobial surface and is ideal for short-term advertising, branding, and safety awareness campaigns. ADRail™ also provides a source of ancillary revenue for building owners, property managers, and event organizers.

 

Many leading car brands have implemented EHC’s ADRail™ escalator handrail campaigns throughout the world including Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Range Rover, Land Rover, Smart, Suzuki, Nissan, Kia, Toyota, and Mazda.

  

About EHC Global Inc.

 

Established in 1977, EHC Global Inc. (EHC) is a leading manufacturer of handrails, rollers, and lift components for escalators, elevators, and moving walks. Each day, EHC helps millions of people all over the world move safely and comfortably in convention centers, public transit systems, shopping centers, airports, office buildings, hospitals, condominiums, and other urban spaces. EHC is committed to developing sustainable solutions that optimize safety, enhance value, and meet the challenging demands of OEMs, designers, building owners, and facility managers. To accomplish this, EHC employs top material scientists and engineers and continues to invest in R&D, product development and next-generation polymer and composite extrusion technology. EHC has manufacturing and distribution facilities in Canada, Germany, Spain, France, Brazil and China and a global network of sales offices including Mexico, Slovakia, United Kingdom, and the USA as well as EHC partners in all major markets globally. For more information about EHC, visit www.ehc-global.com.

 

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Media Contact:
John M. Calderon
Director of Marketing
EHC Global
1287 Boundary Road, Oshawa, ON L1J 6Z7 (Canada)
O: 905-432-6600, Ext. 217
M: 647-456-7547
www.ehc-global.com
john.calderon@ehc-global.com

 

 

US Patent # 8206528 – Methods of Applying a Film with Barrier Layer

EHC has been granted Patent #8206528 for applying a film with a barrier layer to rubber escalator handrails. This innovative technology increases the durability of rubber ADRail handrails and allows these handrails to maintain their appearance over longer periods of time.

Application Date: November 7, 2008 and granted on June 26, 2012.

 

Favorable UK Opinion – EHC’s Escalator Handrail Advertising Patent #1152971

On November 17, 2009, the Intellectual Property Office of the United Kingdom (“UKIPO”) issued a non-binding opinion with respect to the UK national patent of EHC’s European patent number 1152971. Contact EHC for copies of the patent or the opinion. The opinion is an opinion of a single patent examiner and was prepared in response to a request citing specific documents submitted by a third party.

EHC wishes to emphasize that the opinion is non-binding and does not serve to invalidate the patent in the UK or any other country. In other words, EHC’s patent rights granted under European Patent No. 1152971 have not changed and EHC will continue to assert its rights against anyone who infringes them.

In any subsequent litigation, EHC would not be bound by the opinion or by any statements made during the opinion procedure. In any UK patent litigation, the claims would be subject to a more detailed and thorough analysis than in the enclosed opinion, which would include a Court hearing as well as expert evidence. The outcome of such litigation may well be different from the findings of the opinion which was rendered without the benefit of expert testimony.

The opinion was prepared in accordance with UK patent law. The application of patent law varies by country, and therefore there is no certainty that the findings in this opinion have any applicability to patents in other countries, including national parts of this European patent in other European countries.

In preparing the opinion, the role of the UKIPO examiner was to review only the specific documents provided with the request for the opinion and determine whether or not the claims of EHC’s patent are invalid because they define subject matter that is not new (“lack of novelty”) or obvious (“lack of inventive step”). Of the 30 claims of EHC’s patent, only claims 1 to 6 and 9 were challenged in the request for the opinion. Thus, it would appear that the requester implicitly acknowledged that claims 7 and 8 and 10 to 30 are valid.

The UKIPO examiner stated that claims 3, 4, 5 and 9 were valid over the prior art.

The UKIPO examiner found that claims 1 and 2 are invalid for lack of novelty, deciding that a prior art reference had disclosed the concept of a handrail having a single film layer and a layer of adhesive bonding the film layer to the handrail, and includes printed matter on top or underneath the film layer, among other things. The UKIPO examiner also found that claim 6 is invalid for lack of inventive step, deciding that the concept of providing a film with a solid colour or a repeated pattern is not inventive when applied to a single film. EHC does not agree with the opinion and will continue to assert its patent rights.

The claims of a patent define the scope of the subject matter that is protected. Claim 3, which the opinion deems to be both novel and inventive over the prior art, depends on claim 1. This means that claim 3 incorporates all of the limitations of claim 1, but further specifies that there is a second film layer and a second layer of adhesive bonding the second film layer on top of the first film layer. Thus, claim 3 grants to EHC the exclusive rights to a handrail having a first film layer and a layer of adhesive bonding the film layer to the handrail, printed matter on top of or underneath the first film layer, and a second film layer and a second layer of adhesive bonding the second film layer on top of the first film layer.

Overall, EHC regards the results of the opinion to be positive.

The majority of the prior art reviewed by the UKIPO examiner had not been reviewed by the European Patent Office during the pre-grant examination of the patent, and is assumed to be the most relevant prior art known to the requester.

Nonetheless, the majority of the claims were held to be valid especially those critical to the preferable means for commercialisation of the invention.

However, EHC is currently considering its options with respect to appealing the opinion.

EHC takes intellectual property rights seriously. EHC is committed to protecting its innovation in Europe and around the world, and will continue to aggressively pursue any encroachment of its patent rights.

US Patent # 7108905 Granted – Film For Applying To Escalator Handrails

EHC (Escalator Handrail Company – founded by Ronald H. Ball) has been granted Patent #7108905 for displaying ads, graphics and messages onto a film (pressure sensitive adhesive) for escalator handrails.

Application Date: April 22, 2002 and granted on September 19, 2006

US Patent # 7041195 Granted – Method Of Applying And Removing Film To/From Escalator Handrails

EHC (Escalator Handrail Company – founded by Ronald H. Ball) has been granted Patent #7041195 for the method of applying and removing advertising film to and from escalator handrails.

Application Date: April 22, 2000 and granted on May 9, 2006