In a recent opinion out of the District of Massachusetts, the court ordered that a patent infringement dispute between two Massachusetts-based competitors in the lighting systems industry would be allowed to proceed. This was despite a challenge to the sufficiency of the pleadings in the patent owner’s complaint.
The patent owner, Sunrise Technologies, asserted a patent directed to the monitoring and control of systems such as lighting systems through the formation of a mesh network of wirelessly linked communication nodes mounted to utility poles. Sunrise alleged that defendant Cimcon Lighting infringed the patent directly, indirectly, and contributorily through the manufacture, sale, and marketing of its competing line of lighting controllers. Sunrise also made a willful infringement allegation against Cimcon. Continue Reading