2 August 2017
Cree and Emson settle patent dispute and reach supply agreement
LED chip, lamp and lighting fixture maker Cree Inc of Durham, NC, USA has reached a confidential settlement in its patent infringement lawsuit with E. Mishan and Sons Inc (Emson).
Cree filed a complaint last November with the US District Court for the District of Massachusetts alleging infringement of its patented LED technology in the flashlights (e.g. the Bell + Howell Taclight) of Emson. Cree sought an award of enhanced damages, attorneys' fees and an injunction to prevent Emson from offering for sale and selling any products using ‘knock-off’ LEDs.
Emson has now agreed to an exclusive supply agreement to purchase Cree high-power LEDs for its high performance tactical flashlights.
“Cree will continue to diligently protect consumers and vendors from the perils of unauthorized LEDs across multiple applications and markets,” says Dave Emerson, Cree LEDs senior VP & general manager. “We look forward to working together with Emson to provide superior products that include genuine, high-quality LED chips and components from Cree.”
Cree says that it has developed an extensive LED patent portfolio after many years of intensive R&D, with numerous patents still pending. Emson joins other leading flashlight manufacturers in using Cree’s patented high-power LEDs.