Automakers and LED Lighting Manufacturers Accused of Infringing Light Diffusion Patent

September 22, 2016

Eight companies have been named as defendants in separate complaints recently filed by Texas NPE Jakuta Diodes, LLC: automakers Ford (6:16-cv-01177), GM (6:16-cv-01180), and Honda (6:16-cv-01178); and lighting product manufacturers Acuity Brands (6:16-cv-01175), Cree (6:16-cv-01176), LED Engin (6:16-cv-01181), Soraa (6:16-cv-01179), and Teledyne Reynolds (6:16-cv-01182). The new complaints assert a single patent (6,079,854) generally related to devices and methods for diffusing light. The automakers are accused of infringement through the sale and import of motor vehicles with certain LED headlamps, while the other defendant s are accused of infringement through the sale of certain LED lighting products. (In what appears to be an errant cut-and-paste, Soraa is also accused of infringement through the import of motor vehicles.) Jakuta Diodes is one of many Texas NPEs formed over the past 18 months under the management of attorney Nicolas J. Labbit.

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