Patents: Color Kinetics and Super Vision

Updated April 2006

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Super Vision files new patent lawsuit against Color Kinetics (News, Apr 06)
Here we go again. Super Vision has filed a new lawsuit against Color Kinetics, alleging infringement of a patent owned by Super Vision.

Super Vision suffers major setbacks in patent battle against Color Kinetics (Editorial, Oct 05)
Super Vision has suffered three straight defeats in the US District Court for the District of Massachusetts in its patent war against Color Kinetics (see "Three strikes but not out…yet") but plans to keep fighting on behalf of the LED Alliance.

Selected Features

Patent protagonists head to court
The Michael Jackson media circus might be the highest-profile trial this year in the US, but not as far as the LED lighting community is concerned. All eyes are on Boston, where the patent dispute between two rival LED manufacturers, Color Kinetics (CK) and Super Vision (SV), is due to be heard in May.

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LED Alliance seeks ammunition for battle with Color Kinetics (December 2004)
A group of manufacturers known as the LED Alliance is seeking examples of prior art to help in its efforts to overcome what it sees as Color Kinetics' attempts to monopolize LED lighting.

Color Kinetics confident of success in patent disputes (December 2004)
Last month, LEDs Magazine published an article about the patent dispute between Color Kinetics and Super Vision that relates to LED lighting systems. Here, Bill Sims, President and COO of Color Kinetics, responds to some of the points raised in that article.

Patent issues cause discontent among LED lighting manufacturers (November 2004)
The patent lawsuits between Color Kinetics and Super Vision, and the methods by which Color Kinetics is asserting its intellectual property rights, are causing disquiet in the LED lighting industry.

Selected News

Super Vision patent lawsuit against Color Kinetics dismissed
Super Vision's lawsuit against Color Kinetics alleging infringement of the Variable Color Lighting Systems patent has been dismissed, but Super Vision plans to re-file. It could take two more years before the dispute is finally resolved.

Judgment details from Color Kinetics & Super Vision case
The judge's ruling from the recent patent case, which ended in a clear victory for Color Kinetics, contains some instructive information.

Color Kinetics wins summary judgment against Super Vision
A U.S. court has determined that a number of Color Kinetics’ patents are valid and infringed by its rival, Super Vision.

Color Kinetics adds licensing partners, renews existing agreements

Court circular: Super Vision updates patent progress
No decision has yet been reached on whether the patent dispute with Color Kinetics will go forward to a jury trial.

Color Kinetics' summary judgment motion granted on three claims
First blood to Color Kinetics in its multi-layered patent dispute with Super Vision.

Letter to the Editor: from Jeremy Lord, Light Artist
Furthering the debate surrounding the patent litigation between Color Kinetics and Super Vision, Jeremy Lord weighs in heavily on the side of the LED Alliance.

Letter to the Editor: from Brett Kingstone, Super Vision
Brett Kingstone responds to comments made in a recent letter from Color Kinetics executives.

Letter to the Editor: Color Kinetics clarifies issues
Color Kinetics executives "set the record straight" on issues surrounding the company, its patents, and related lawsuits.

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