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Feit To Challenge Patent Infringement Ruling

Company says 'Cree's actions are detrimental to the adoption of energy efficient lighting' 

Following the recent ruling about patent infringement by the US International Trade Commission (ITC) on an investigation initiated by Cree against Feit Electric Company, Feit says it will pursue all other remedies to overturn the  judgement.

In the Initial Determination, it was found that one patent asserted by Cree was not infringed, five patents asserted by Cree were infringed and not invalid, and that now discontinued products were falsely advertised.

Feit Electric believes that findings are based on multiple errors that will be corrected in the forthcoming review phase of the investigation.  Feit Electric is represented by Alston & Bird and McCarter & English in the ITC investigation.

"We are fully committed to the quality of our products and to meeting Energy Star certification requirements," said Aaron Feit, president of Feit Electric. He added:  "We do not believe that the Initial Determination as presently issued will have any adverse effect on our company and we are committed to bringing innovative energy saving LED lighting to the market.  We believe that Cree's actions are detrimental to the adoption of energy efficient lighting."

In July 2015, Feit Electric initiated an action against Cree for infringing two Feit Electric patents.  The case is pending in the United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina. 

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