Streetlight manufacturer Streetworx has won a patent battle against rival manufacturer Artcraft, stopping Artcraft from continuing to make or sell streetlights that infringe a Streetworx patent.
The Federal Court in Melbourne imposed a permanent injunction on Artcraft Urban Group, preventing it from making, importing into Australia, selling or supplying any T5 streetlights which infringe two patents owned by Streetworx.
The court declared that three versions of T5 streetlights which Artcraft had been selling in Australia infringed Streetworx's patents.
Streetworx said in a press release after the court hearing: ‘Artcraft Urban Group’s lawyers told the court today that Artcraft Urban Group did not presently intend to deliver any T5 luminaires to any councils before the court reconvenes … This includes Monash City Council and Moonee Valley City Council.’
The numbers of affected streetlights and costs involved still aren’t known, but Streetworx said in the same press release that Artcraft was given until 27 February to tell Streetworx the ‘full details of all imports and sales of the infringing T5 street lights, and what profit it has made from each such sale’.
Lux Review has approached Artcraft and Streetworks, but neither was available to comment on the outcome of the case.
With many new products and imports on the market, the case serves as a reminder for those looking at purchasing lighting to do their research and to ask questions. If a company or building owner has infringing products installed in its premises, it may end up having to remove them.
In August last year, imported copies of Enlighten’s Chamaeleon LED bulkhead luminaire had to be removed from the Australian market following a successful prosecution by Enlighten Australia, which owns the Australian patent for the product.
After that ruling, Enlighten CEO Steve Cahill advised purchasers to be vigilant.
‘We would recommend that confirmation is requested in sales contract documentation that the product supplied does not breach any patent,’ Cahill told Manufacturer's Monthly.
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