Oracle Lighting, a supplier of lighting products and LED solutions, announced that it is enforcing its intellectual property rights and is filing design patent infringement cases against knockoff producers.
According to a press release, shortly after Oracle Lighting’s Vector Grill was unveiled at a Las Vegas, Nev., trade show in 2017, Chinese knockoffs began appearing on the market.
The move follows months of investigations and undercover operations in China, where factories producing knockoff goods are often designed to be packed up and moved overnight, making them hard to pin down.
Oracle Lighting recently filed their first case against an operation producing knockoff Vector Grills and other products in Intellectual Property Division of Suzhou Intermediate People’s Court. Oracle Lighting initiated the action in the hope that it sets an example for other businesses trying to protect their intellectual property rights.
Justin Hartenstein, director of product development at Oracle Lighting, emphasized that this is just the company’s first step toward protecting itself against knockoffs. “We take our intellectual property rights very seriously and are willing to do whatever it takes to prevent the theft of our patented designs. If that means going to court in China or any other country, we’ll be there,” he said.