Satco has successfully defended the design of the company's PAR CFL lamps in a patent infringement lawsuit before the International Trade Commission (ITC).
The plaintiff, Neptun Light Inc. and Andrzej Bobel, alleged that Satco imported and or manufactured compact fluorescent reflector lamps that infringed on U.S. Patent No. 7,053,540, and thus violated Section 337 of the U.S. Tariff Act.
On July 3, 2014, the ITC ruled that the initial decision by the Administrative Law Judge on Feb. 3, 2014, was incorrect and reversed that decision in favor of Satco, citing that Neptun Light and Bobel failed to prove infringement of any of the claims of the patent.
“This has been a long process; but one worth the time, effort and expense," says Bill Gildin, President of Satco. “Allowing companies to initiate baseless lawsuits with the intent to force a settlement, is, in my opinion, tantamount to extortion. Choosing not to back down and fight for what we believe, and know is right, and to win, makes this determination more than justified. SATCO acknowledges and thanks the ITC for their efforts and accurate decision.”
The following is a list of Satco PAR CFL products that were previously accused and now found not to infringe:
Satco’s PAR 38 CFL lamps are identified by SKU S7201, S7202, S7203, S7295, S7422, and S7432; AR 30 lamps are identified by SKU S7204, S7205, S7206, S7237, and S7294; and PAR 20 lamps are identified by SKU S7207, S7208, S7209, S7238, and S7241.