U.S. Lighting Tech & Deco Lighting Settle Patent Dispute

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Irvine, Calif.-based U.S. Energy Technologies Inc., which does business as U.S. Lighting Tech, has settled a patent dispute with Deco Lighting Inc.

In the suit filed in federal court in March, U.S. Lighting Tech claimed that Commerce, Calif.-based Deco Lighting was making and selling knockoff street lights that infringed a design patent and U.S. Lighting Tech’s trade dress. According to the company, U.S. Lighting’s street lights are used in 220 municipalities and cities.

In dispute was  U.S. Lighting Tech’s patent D624,685, which was issued September 2010. In response to the suit, Deco Lighting claimed the patent was invalid and unenforceable.

According to a settlement document in the case file, each party had to bear its own litigation costs, U.S. Lighting’s claims were dismissed, as were Deco Lighting’s counter claims.

In a statement released last week, U.S. Lighting Tech said that under the settlement, Deco Lighting has agreed to remove its Anaconda line of street light products from the market. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

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