May 17, 2017: Chinese government R&D organisation, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), has filed patent suits against US LED manufacturer Cree. Now Cree has to respond to the infringement complaints in two Chinese courts.
A lawsuit was filed on January 20, 2017, by Shenzhen Chinese Academy of Sciences Intellectual Property Investment Co Ltd. The defendant is Cree. Cree’s Huizhou-based Chinese subsidiary is also named, which is also a Chinese wholesale distributor.
There are two patents-in-suit which cover LED products sold in China, and the government organisation has asked for a permanent injunction as well as damages. CAS has 1,000 patents in the LED field which includes packaging, lighting and LED chip applications.
CAS has asked Cree to stop infringing and work together with CAS to “promote industrial progress” and establish a “fair and reasonable” market.
China’s Patent Association said that it is worried about Cree’s patent activity in China. The Association is working with the Guangdong IP Office to plan potential responses.
Cree has a major production facility in China, and more than half of its workforce is based in China.