enLighten Australia, owner of the Chamaeleon LED light's Australian Innovation Patent has successfully defended its patent against two local companies, resulting in the removal of the imported copies of the Chamaeleon LED light from the Australian market.
enLighten CEO Steve Cahill comments that the company will actively continue to protect their Australian innovation from a growing number of copycat products that are being imported into the local lighting market.
He explained that enLighten had invested over two years of R&D, in-field testing, customer trials and building manager feedback into the Chamaeleon's unique design, which specifically takes into account compliance with the Australian Standards and Building Code requirements. However, some imported products offering a one-size-fits-all solution are not delivering compliant lighting solutions in many cases.
What’s the risk and how should customers protect themselves?
If a company or building owner has patent-infringing products installed in their premises, they may be required to pay a fine or remove the lighting.
Steve advises that potential purchasers can protect themselves by ensuring they are purchasing products that do not infringe any patent. This confirmation should be requested in sales contract documentation that the product supplied does not breach any patent.
About Chamaeleon LED lights
The Chamaeleon LED light won the 2012 National Cleantech Open Award, which has since been rebranded the Australian Technologies Competition, for its innovative design and delivery of up to 93% energy savings for fire stair and car parks including emergency lighting.
The Chamaeleon was also recognised at the 2011 NSW Green Globe Awards, where it won the Environmental Innovation Award along with enLighten, which won the Energy Award for its overall contribution to sustainability through energy saving initiatives.