At the recent Lightovation show in Dallas, it was brought to Plattsburgh, N.Y.-based Schonbek’s executive team that Philadelphia-based Elegant Lighting introduced several lighting fixtures that infringed on the popular Glissando family by Schonbek. As a result, Elegant and Schonbek entered into an agreement that forbids Elegant – or anyone affiliated with Elegant – to make, sell, or import any lighting fixtures that are “imitative of, identical to, or substantially similar to” any of Schonbek’s fixtures.
According to WAC, Elegant has agreed to immediately stop offering all of the infringing products, and has removed those products from its website. Any units of the infringing products in Elegant’s possession have been, or will be, destroyed.
The Glissando family is protected by several patents, including U.S. Patent Nos. D864,465 and D864,462. (Schonbek’s patents and patented products can be found at www.schonbek.com/patents)
“Schonbek is an extension of WAC,” says CEO of WAC and Schonbek Dirk Wald. “Our commitment to vigorously protecting our intellectual property fully applies to Schonbek. WAC acquired all of Schonbek’s intellectual property when it bought Schonbek assets from Swarovski in 2021. We have also been investing in the development and protection of the intellectual property of Schonbek since the acquisition. As a result, Schonbek in its own right is the owner of a formidable patent portfolio as well as a suite of copyrighted works. When it comes to enforcement of that intellectual property, Schonbek has the full backing of WAC.”