Court Awards iLight Technologies over $5 million in Damages, Denies Retrial Request

iLight Technologies, Inc., an innovator of LED lighting solutions, is pleased to announce the District Court has recently issued rulings that confirm iLight’s victory in its patent infringement litigation against Fallon Luminous Products Corporation, a Knoxville, TN sign company. The Court rejected Fallon’s motion for a new trial, and increased the total amount awarded to iLight to over $5 million.

Earlier this year a jury in Federal Court unanimously found that Fallon infringed iLight’s patents on its proprietary technology of using LEDs to simulate cold cathode or neon lighting. After the verdict, the Court entered an injunction prohibiting Fallon and all acting in concert with Fallon from any further manufacture, importation, use, or sale of the infringing LED products. Fallon subsequently filed a motion to stay the injunction, a motion to stay the enforcement of judgment, a motion for judgment as a matter of law, and a motion for new trial. The District Court denied all of Fallon’s motions.

Fallon also filed an emergency motion with the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit requesting a stay of the injunction. The Court of Appeals rejected Fallon’s motion noting, among other things, that Fallon has not met the burden of showing that any appeal by Fallon is likely to succeed.

iLight filed a motion to have the case declared exceptional and for an award of attorneys fees. On September 9, the District Court granted this motion bringing the total amount awarded to iLight to in excess of five million dollars.

iLight invented what the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and the jury found to be a unique manner of using LED technology to simulate cold cathode and neon lighting. This patented technology offers customers an illuminated product that incorporates both the benefits of LEDs (durability, low energy use, long life, etc.) with a visually striking appearance.

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