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COURT FINDS INFRINGEMENT OF LIFETIME’S PATENT

February 21, 2003

CLEARFIELD, UTAH – Lifetime Products Inc., a worldwide leader in the folding table market, announced today that it was granted a summary judgment of literal infringement against Alton Industries, Inc., a competitor in the folding table market.

 “This decision by the Court represents a major success in the enforcement of patents that protect Lifetime’s blow-molded, polyethylene folding utility tables,” said Larry R. Laycock, lead litigation counsel for Lifetime.

Lifetime recently filed claims in the United States District Court for the Central District of California against Alton Industries, Inc. and its supplier Maxchief Investments, Limited for infringement of Lifetime’s recently issued United States Patent No. 6,431,092.  On February 19, 2003, the Court entered an Order granting summary judgment in favor of Lifetime finding that the Maxchief accused blow-molded tables distributed by Alton infringe multiple claims of Lifetime’s patent.  

In making its ruling, the court determined as a matter of law that when the claims asserted by Lifetime are properly interpreted, no reasonable jury could be persuaded by the defendants’ arguments that their products do not infringe. Lifetime intends to continue its vigorous pursuit of all available remedies against Alton, Maxchief, and all other unauthorized infringers of Lifetime’s valuable intellectual property assets.  The law firm of Workman, Nydegger, and Seeley is representing Lifetime.

In 1998, Lifetime introduced the first blow-molded polyethylene folding utility table to the market.  Blow-molded polyethylene tabletops are stronger, lighter, and more durable than wood, and are stain resistant.  Today, Lifetime is the world’s largest manufacturer of these blow-molded, polyethylene, folding tables and holds a portfolio of patents protecting these products.

For more information, please contact Lifetime Public Relations at pr@Lifetime.com.

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About Lifetime Products: Established in 1986, Lifetime Products, Inc. is a privately held company headquartered in Clearfield, Utah. Lifetime Products is the world's largest manufacturer of blow-molded polyethylene folding tables and chairs, and residential basketball hoops. With products sold in 58 countries, Lifetime has been manufacturing in Utah for more than 25 years and employs 1,250 people in its Clearfield facility, and more than 2,075 people worldwide. For more information about Lifetime Products, Inc. and its products, visit www.Lifetime.com.