SAN FRANCISCO -- Epistar Corp., an innovative LED global lighting company that took legal action in August against Adamax Inc. for alleged patent infringement of six of its LED lighting labels has reached an agreement with Adamax.
Adamax ended up being released from Epistar’s past sales of lighting technology products.
Rider Chang, chief financial officer and corporate spokesperson for Epistar, told the Northern California Record that Epistar had spent significant resources in research and technology development.
"(We had) concerns about the free-ride of many players in the field,” Chang told the Northern California Record.
Adamax, also a player in the lighting industry, worked closely with Epistar in the lighting field. After realizing Adamax had potentially copied work from Epistar, the company filed litigation to resolve the issue.
Epistar's website states that the company “has invested millions of dollars in the research and development of LED technologies that lead to a world-class patent portfolio consisting of over 4,000 issued patents and pending patent applications."
These patents are created for LED lighting use in cell phones, computers, automobiles and other technological devices. The LED lighting products are not only used in the United States, but also globally in countries such as Taiwan and Korea. Since 1996, Epistar has focused on creating top of the line LED products in a "progressive and modern manner." Adamax helped distribute those products.
The global compact lighting industry offers opportunities for many companies to compete against one another at the highest level.
"The LED industry is a patent intensive industry because it takes endless efforts to develop a front-end technology to compete,” Chang said.
Each company is striving quickly for the newest and top leading lighting product. Epistar employs thousands of engineers to find the most creative, modern and accessible way to use and implement lighting technology, Chang said.
“Such disregard of IP has led to a cutthroat competition which is unhealthy to innovation. Therefore, as a believer in the value of IP, Epistar wants to awake the awareness of this issue," Chang said.
Chang said Epistar was ready to return its focus to creating more top products for the lighting industry.
"We are excited for the future and ready to get away from legal litigation processes," he said.