WAC Lighting, Port Washington, New York, has obtained approval from competitors not to sell products that WAC considers infringing its intellectual property. This International Trade Commission patent enforcement effort focused on seven companies selling counterfeit landscaping. The commission is expected to order Lumien Lighting, Jiangsu Sur Lighting, Dauer, FUSA and cBright to stop selling and importing their counterfeit products. Cast Lighting has agreed to stop selling its accused product, and its Chinese supplier, Wonka, will also be ordered by the commission to stop selling and importing the counterfeit products into the United States.
In line with its strategy of vigorously protecting and enforcing its intellectual property, WAC filed a complaint with the ITC in March 2021 for patent infringement against Lumien Lighting and its Chinese parent company and supplier JSL, Cast and its Chinese supplier. Wonka, Dauer and its parent company FUSA, and cBright. These companies have infringed two of WAC’s many patents in the lighting industry – U.S. Patent Nos. 10,571,101 and 10,920,971. Some of the counterfeit products targeted by the complaint include: Cast SBLBLA1 / Wonka SD31C; cBright SD31A / Wonka SD31A; Dauer 490098 / Wonka SD31A; Lumien D5A1-aW and Lumien / JSL D6B1-aW.
The ITC is a federal administrative body that adjudicates patent infringement cases and has the power to prohibit sales to the United States and to prohibit the importation of counterfeit products into the United States.
Dauer, FUSA and cBright did not raise any defense. The commission has placed default orders against them and they will be prohibited from selling or importing their counterfeit products.
A few months after the start of the case, Lumien and JSL also abandoned their defenses and the commission ordered their counterfeiting activity to be stopped.
WAC initially sued Cast through a patent infringement action in district court, but eventually added Cast to its ITC case aimed at globally stemming the tide of counterfeit products from hitting the US market. This week, Cast agreed to a settlement whereby it will stop selling its counterfeit product. And Cast’s supplier Wonka will be ordered to stop the importation and sale of all counterfeit products in the United States.
The ITC case has now concluded that WAC has fully achieved its objective of stopping the counterfeiting activities of these companies.
WAC invests significant resources in the research and development of its advanced technologies. It takes the protection of its intellectual property seriously and will vigorously defend its rights against counterfeiters, as it has done in this case. “We are pleased with this result,” said Shelley Wald, co-CEO of WAC. “We hope this sends a strong message to those who might consider devaluing our inventions by using WAC’s intellectual property without permission. We are committed to supporting our partners and customers by protecting the many innovative features that set our products apart, in the landscaped area and beyond.