Super Vision signs three more patent licensees

Dec. 1, 2004
Three more companies have licensed the intellectual property controlled by LED lighting manufacturer Super Vision.
Super Vision International has signed three additional new licensees to its Variable Color Lighting System patent (US patent no. 4,962,687, also known as the Belliveau patent) and its Laidman technology portfolio.

The three new licensees are Element Labs of Austin, Texas; TPR Enterprises of Mamaroneck, New York; and Shine Lighting of West Jordan, Utah.

Super Vision acquired the rights to the Belliveau patent from High End Systems in March 2004 and in October 2004 acquired the technology portfolio developed by Jerry Laidman.

Earlier this year, Spectrum Manufacturing, Inc. of Toronto, Ontario, Canada and Advanced Lighting Systems, Inc. (ASLI) of Sauk Centre, Minnesota signed license agreements with Super Vision to gain access to the Belliveau patent.

Super Vision is locked in a bitter patent dispute with Color Kinetics, and has sued its rival for patent infringement.

Nils Thorjussen, founder and president of Element Labs: "I'd like to personally thank Brett Kingstone and Super Vision for taking the lead on this critically important matter and making the Belliveau patent and Laidman technology easily available to the industry.

"We feel that Super Vision's IP portfolio is foundational to the LED lighting industry and this licensee agreement is not only a good investment for Element Labs, but for the future of our industry."

Mr. Thorjussen was a previous co-founder of Flying Pig Systems, manufacturers of the award winning Wholehog Range of lighting control desks for automated lighting fixtures that has become a standard in the lighting industry. High End Systems, one of the America's largest entertainment lighting companies, purchased Flying Pig Systems in 1998.

Tom Fay, Founder and President of TPR Enterprises stated: "LED lighting as an industry and as a technology is still in its infancy. It is exciting for TPR to have the strength of this IP as an additional tool to grow our business and we support Super Vision's efforts to make it available to support the growth of this rapidly expanding market."

TPR is the leading manufacturer of stage lighting products for the Broadway theaters in New York City and major touring companies throughout the United States.