Minneapolis, MN (PRWEB) January 08, 2013
Candella, LLC recently sought to add three additional U.S. retailers to the patent lawsuit pending against Chinese based alleged infringer Liown Electronics Co. Ltd. and others. Case Ref: No. 0:12-cv-02803-PJS-JJK. Candella, with cooperation of Luminara Worldwide, LLC, filed the lawsuit in federal court in Minnesota to stop the alleged infringement of U.S. Patent Nos. 7,837,355 and 8,070,319. These patents represent the technology used to create Luminara’s flame-replicating Dreamcandles™, and utilize technology exclusively licensed from Disney Enterprises, Inc.
As alleged in the lawsuit, Candella names Liown and two related companies as defendants, as well as U.S. companies selling the infringing products through the internet or at retail locations (Two’s Company, Inc., BJ’s Wholesale Club, Inc., Primitives By Kathy, Inc., and Boston Warehouse Trading Corp.). Candella recently filed suit against three additional retailers (Von Maur, Inc., Zulily, Inc., and Bachman’s Inc.) and has sought to add them as defendants in the existing lawsuit against Liown and others. Each of the three new companies allegedly continued to sell infringing candles after Luminara notified them of the lawsuit and warned that the candles infringed Candella’s licensed patents. According to court documents Candella is asking the court to award it significant damages against all of the defendants and to enter an injunction prohibiting the defendants or any other person from selling products infringing Disney’s patented technology.
Liown has filed a counterclaim in the lawsuit. Liown alleges Xiaofeng “Mike” Li is an inventor of one of the patents (8,070,319). Candella believes Liown’s counterclaim is without merit. According to court documents, the first patent at issue in the suit (7,837,355) was applied for in 2008, well before Mr. Li applied for his Chinese Patent no. 201010211402.8 in 2010.
Luminara has created a collection of flame-replicating designer candles that are practically indistinguishable from traditional candles. Headquartered in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, Luminara continues to advance the technology and bring new products to market through retailers and distributors in the U.S., Europe and Asia.
Jerry L. Cain
VP General Manager