Fallon Luminous Products Corp., Spartanburg, S.C., a manufacturer of lighted signs, announces that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington D.C. has reaffirmed its April 20, 2010 decision in favor of Fallon’s appeal of a patent infringement suit brought by Chicago-based lighted products maker iLight Technologies. The Court denied iLight’s request that the District Court’s judgment be reinstated and ordered that “The judgment of infringement, the award of damages and the award of attorney fees and costs in favor of iLight are vacated."
The permanent injunction entered against Fallon is also vacated. "The key issue in the case was whether iLight’s patents cover only lighting devices that utilize a solid rod-like structure to transmit light, as Fallon contended, or whether those patents also covered hollow structures. The Court of Appeals supported Fallon."