OBE has settled a dispute with Ideal over certain patents, held by the German firm, that cover an important manufacturing process used in its own S-Family line. OBE had filed a lawsuit against Ideal, claiming that the Italian firm was manufacturing and distributing different types of spring hinges, including its K 5 product, that infringed on OBE's patents. An Italian court issued a preliminary injunction against Ideal. After negotiations, Ideal has signed a cease and desist declaration, confirming the validity of OBE's patents.