Tyco Division to License Revolutionary Sprinkler Technology

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff June 15, 2005

Tyco Fire and Building Products (TFBP), Lansdale, Pa., has entered into a license agreement with Reliable Automatic Sprinkler Co., Viking Corp. and Victaulic Co. of America concerning Tyco’s low- pressure, early-suppression fast-response (LP/ESFR) sprinkler technology.

TFBP reached this agreement on behalf of Central Sprinkler Co., the company that originally developed this technology before being acquired by Tyco. As part of this agreement, each of the licensees recognizes the patent claims of Central. The agreement fully resolves all claims and counterclaims asserted during four years of litigation activity, all of which will now be dismissed.

The LP/ESFR system allows up to four stories of warehousing rack storage to be protected by sprinklers located only at the ceiling, allowing warehouses much greater flexibility than would be possible with in-rack sprinkler systems.