Cree Files Lawsuits to Protect LED Component Intellectual Property

DURHAM, NC -- Cree, Inc. (Nasdaq: CREE) has filed patent infringement lawsuits in the United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin to prevent Harvatek Corporation and Kingbright Corporation from infringing Cree’s patented intellectual property. These patents, among other things, protect Cree’s LED component portfolio, including Cree’s white light LEDs.

The U.S. Patents included in these cases are:

  • 6,600,175 - Solid state white light emitter and display using same
  • 7,943,945 - Solid state white light emitter and display using same
  • 8,659,034 - Solid state white light emitter and display using same
  • 7,910,938 - Encapsulant profile for light emitting diodes
  • 8,766,298 - Encapsulant profile for light emitting diodes
  • 8,362,605 - Apparatus and method for use in mounting electronic elements

“Cree continues to invest significant resources in developing industry-leading technologies, and it’s paramount that we protect the investment of our current licensees, shareholders and customers,” said Brad Kohn, Cree general counsel. “These cases demonstrate that Cree will continue to take the necessary measures worldwide to protect our patents and other intellectual property rights against any company that infringes our patents.”

Visit www.cree.com/About-Cree/Licensing/Licensing-Programs for more information on Cree’s licensing program.

About Cree
Cree is leading the LED lighting revolution and making energy-wasting traditional lighting technologies obsolete through the use of energy-efficient, mercury-free LED lighting. Cree is a market-leading innovator of lighting-class LEDs, LED lighting and semiconductor products for power and radio-frequency (RF) applications.

Cree's product families include LED fixtures and bulbs, blue and green LED chips, high-brightness LEDs, lighting-class power LEDs, power-switching devices and RF devices. Cree products are driving improvements in applications such as general illumination, electronic signs and signals, power supplies and solar inverters.

Please refer to www.cree.com for additional product and company information.

This press release contains forward-looking statements involving risks and uncertainties, both known and unknown, that may cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated. Actual results may differ materially due to a number of factors, including customer acceptance of LED products; the rapid development of new technology and competing products that may impair demand or render Cree’s products obsolete; and other factors discussed in Cree’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its report on Form 10-K for the year ended June 29, 2014, and subsequent filings.