Color Kinetics' summary judgment motion granted on three claims
First blood to Color Kinetics in its multi-layered patent dispute with Super Vision.
As just announced, the US District Court for the District of Massachusetts has granted Color Kinetics's motion for summary judgment regarding three of Super Vision's claims against Color Kinetics.
Specifically, the claims relate to interference with prospective business relationships, trade disparagement and defamation.
By granting summary judgment for Color Kinetics on these claims, the Court determined that no reasonable jury could find for Super Vision and, therefore, no trial need be held on those issues.
Commenting on the decision, Brett Kingstone, Super Vision's president and CEO, said; "The ruling was based on a technical procedural issue, and not on any merits in the case, including any merits on those three claims by Super Vision. This is one of a string of minor victories [for Color Kinetics] that are based primarily on procedural and discovery matters. None of these decisions have dealt with the fundamental merits of this case or the issue of whether or not their technology was based on prior art practiced in the industry." Arguments regarding summary judgment motions with respect to patent validity, enforceability and infringement (see below) are expected to be heard by the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts in May 2005. If these summary judgment motions are not granted, the case is likely to proceed to a jury trial.
There is no further scheduling update with respect to the patent infringement claim brought against Color Kinetics by Super Vision relating to variable color lighting systems which is pending in the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts. This is the lawsuit filed in March 2004 shortly after Super Vision acquired the rights to a US patent from High End Systems.