May 31, 2023

GE, Home Depot Defeat UC Regents’ LED Lightbulb Patent Appeal

The University of California on Tuesday lost its appeal of an International Trade Commission ruling that multiple companies including Home Depot USA Inc., Ikea Supply AG, and General Electric Co. didn't infringe the university's patents on LED lightbulbs.

The University of California Santa Barbara sued the companies for patent infringement in an effort to collect royalties on a type of bulb getting more popular in restaurants and home interior design. The school says the filament LEDs mimic incandescent filaments but are more efficient, and were developed at UC Santa Barbara. The bulbs are meant to evoke the look of ...

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