Friday, September 16, 2005

Suit by Super Vision against Color Kinetics dismissed

Super Vision sued Boston-based Color Kinetics in March 2004 alleging that Color Kinetics infringed on a patent relating to variable color lighting. Color Kinetics develops and sells solid-state lighting systems.

Super Vision claimed it had acquired the patent from High End Systems the day before filing suit against Color Kinetics. The suit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida and sought damages of $10.5 million. The suit was eventually transferred to the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, which dismissed the suit.

In its dismissal decision, the court stated that Super Vision can assert a future claim if it can ever prove it acquired the rights from the patentee.

The two companies are still headed for trial in a separate lawsuit. In that case, the federal court granted all of Color Kinetics' motions for summary judgment against Super Visions regarding the validity and infringement of Color Kinetics' patents, the issue of damages, attorneys fees and an injunction.


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