Ultravision International of Dallas, Texas, a producer and distributor of LED displays and LED lighting that makes all of its products in the United States, reported it has filed a patent infringement complaint at the United States International Trade Commission (USITC). The patent infringement complaint seeks an importation ban that would bar 37 companies from importing, selling and distributing infringing LED display products in the United States.
Ultravision complaint asks the U.S. International Trade Commission to examine whether the companies named in the complaint have imported and distributed Modular LED Display products, including particular components, that infringe Ultravision’s U.S. patents. The USITC, the federal agency in Washington D.C., investigates unfairly traded imports and provides protection to U.S. industries.
Following Section 337 of the Tariff Act, if the USITC determines that imported products infringe the patents listed in the complaint, it will command the U.S. Customs and Border Protection to bar the importation and sale of the infringing products in the United States. The USITC may also issue cease and desist orders that ban the named parties from selling or distributing infringing products already in the United States.
The company contends that it invented the fundamental technology for light-weight, modular LED display panels.
“Ultravision fundamentally changed the LED industry by inventing light-weight, modular display panels that eliminate the need for cabinet displays, which are difficult to install and costly to maintain,” said William Hall, CEO and co-founder of Ultravision International. “The incredible demand we’re experiencing across industries tells us buyers recognize the value of buying LED technology from the actual inventor and U.S. manufacturer, rather than products being sold by foreign companies. Foreign-made, modular LED display panels that infringe on Ultravision patents are being sold in America, and this adversely impacts Ultravision’s overall business and affects our ability to hire people here in the U.S.”
The vast list of companies included in the complaint includes Panasonic, Samsung, Mitsubishi, GoVision, Barco Inc., Lighthouse Technologies of Hong Kong, and PrismaFlex USA, Inc. The marjority of the listed companies include Shenzhen-based LED display makers.
Ultravision wants the USITC to look into whether or not these companies have infringed Ultravision’s U.S. patents for modular display panels and components.
By filing this complaint with USITC, Ultravision is asking the USITC to issue a permanent general exclusion order (GEO) barring from entry into the United States of all infringing Modular LED Displays that are imported, sold within the U.S. after importation, or sold for importation. The company is also seeking a Limited Exclusion Order (LEO) targeting to the specific parties accused in the lawsuit. Additionally, Ultravision wants the USITC to issue cease and desist orders, that prevent those firms from offering for sale, advertising, marketing, packaging, distributing, maintenance of inventory, or soliciting any sale of imported infringing Modular LED Displays, through traditional retailers, distributors, online sales, or other electronic means.
“Ultravision is proud to play a key role in this new renaissance of bringing more production operations back to America, and with it, more jobs for the U.S. workforce to secure,” Hall said. “By filing this complaint with the USITC, we have shown that we take our intellectual property very seriously and will continue to aggressively pursue action against any companies that infringe on our patents and impact the livelihoods of our workers.”
Ultravision points out that the company has already litigated successfully against a major Chinese infringer. The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas recently ordered a Chinese company to pay Ultravision both compensatory and treble damages (triple the compensatory damages as the law allows because of patent violations, and the court also declared a permanent injunction that prohibits the foreign company, its officers and its affiliates from importing products that infringe Ultravision patents. The Court went further to also issue a permanent injunction that bans customers from using products imported from that company that infringe specific Ultravision patents.
List of Companies in Ultravision Infringement Complaint
Prismaflex International France S.A.; Prismaflex USA, Inc.; Lighthouse Technologies (Hong Kong) Limited; Shenzhen Absen Optoelectronic Co., Ltd.; Absen, Inc.; Shenzhen AOTO Electronics Co., Ltd.; AOTO Electronics (US) LLC; Barco NV; Barco, Inc.; Cirrus Systems, Inc.; digiLED (UK) Limited, formerly displayLED (HK) Limited; Elation Lighting, Inc.; Glux Visual Effects Tech (Shenzhen) Co.; Ledman Optoelectronic Co., Ltd.; Shenzhen Liantronics Co. Ltd.; Shenzhen Mary Photoelectricity Co., Ltd.; MRLED, Inc.; Rocketsign Hong Kong Ltd.; Tianjin Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.; Samsung Electronics America, Inc.; Shanghai Sansi Technology Co., Ltd.; Sansi North America, LLC; Unilumin Group Co., Ltd.; Unilumin LED Technology FL LLC; Yaham Optoelectronic Co., Ltd.; and Yaham LED U.S.A., Inc.
Private label companies
Panasonic Corporation of America; Mitsubishi Electric Corporation; Mitsubishi Electric Power Products, Inc.; Nanolumens, Inc.; Panasonic Corporation; Formetco Inc.; Leyard Optoelectronic Co., Ltd.; and Vanguard LED Displays, Inc.
ANC Sports Enterprises, LLC; GoVision, LLC; and RMG Networks Holding Corporation