Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011
In a previous post, I discussed the new LED patent dispute between Osram, Samsung and LG Electronics (LG). There were a few significant developments last month.
First, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) decided to investigate allegations raised in two (more…)
Wednesday, July 13th, 2011
At a time when families are struggling to pay their energy bills, leaders in the House are pushing to roll back common sense standards for residential lighting that save families money by saving energy.
It’s important to remember that these standards were passed just a few years ago with overwhelming (more…)
Wednesday, June 15th, 2011
I recently downloaded a new app to my iPhone called Bulb Blasters. (OK, full disclosure: it’s a game created by Xcel Energy that involves using a powerful laser-equipped CFL to blast incandescent bulbs that descend the screen a la Space Invaders.)
When I showed it my brother, he rolled his eyes. I’m (more…)
Friday, May 27th, 2011
CAO Group (CAO) is a Utah-based company that designs and sells a variety of dental, veterinary, forensic and lighting products including the Dynasty line of LED lamps.
CAO owns U.S. Patents Nos. 6,465,961 (’961 Patent), 6,634,770 (’770 Patent), and 6,746,885 (more…)
Monday, May 9th, 2011
LED patent litigation remains hot, with two new lawsuits filed last month. In the first, North Carolina LED maker Cree sued SemiLEDs Optoelectronics (SemiLEDs), alleging that SemiLEDs’ MvpLED product line infringes six patents.
The complaint (Cree-Semileds-Complaint), filed in (more…)
Friday, April 8th, 2011
Dutch electronics giant Philips and its LED subsidiary Philips Lumileds Lighting Company (collectively “Philips”) have launched the opening shot in what could become a major green patent war.
In a complaint (Philips-Seoul-Complaint) filed last month in federal court in Santa Ana, California, Philips accused its Korean (more…)
Friday, April 1st, 2011
In a previous post, I discussed a greenwashing case against California LED lamp maker Lights of America (LOA).
In that case, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) accused LOA of making false or misleading statements about its products. The disputed statements allegedly misled consumers about the (more…)
Tuesday, March 1st, 2011
Intematix is a Fremont, California, company that specializes in phosphors for LEDs. Phosphors are the chemical powders that coat LED chips, fluorescent light bulbs, and other devices.
Intematix has developed a unique innovation for LED lighting, which it offers in its ChromaLit product line. In conventional (more…)
Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010
On the typical American roadway, it is not uncommon to see large advertising billboards. Even looking out my office window, I see two of them: one for an insurance company, and the other with a scantily clad woman (not exactly sure what that ad is for). These types of billboards have been around for a long time, but are slowly being replaced with new flashy (more…)
Monday, October 25th, 2010
Japanese LED maker Nichia has initiated another patent infringement suit, this time against a Washington state hand tool company called Wilmar Corporation (Wilmar).
The complaint (nichia-wilmar-complaint.pdf), filed in the Eastern District of Texas in Marshall, accuses Wilmar of infringing U.S. Patent Nos. 5,998,925 (’925 Patent), (more…)