Cases & Deals

Cree defends against patent infringement claims relating to its LED light bulb business

Clients Cree, Inc.

Jones Day is representing Cree, Inc. in defending against a wide ranging complaint originally brought in D. Arizona by OptoLum, Inc. concerning Cree's LED light bulb business. The complaint originally alleged counts of Unfair Trade under the Lanham Act, Unjust Enrichment and patent infringement concerning three patents relating to Cree's sales of light bulbs. Jones Day sought and obtained dismissal on the pleadings concerning the Lanham Act and Unjust Enrichment allegations and OptoLum dropped one of the patent infringement counts. After the Supreme Court decision in TC Heartland v. Kraft Foods concerning the appropriate venue standard, Jones Day moved for and obtained a transfer of the Arizona case to the Middle District of North Carolina based on the change in venue law. The case is currently pending in the Middle District of North Carolina before Judge Osteen and has been reduced to two patent infringement counts. The parties are currently in claim construction proceedings and there is no trial date set.

Optolum, Inc. v. Cree, Inc., Case No. 1-17-cv-00687 (M.D.N.C.)