Cree and Emson settle patent dispute

Cree, Inc. said it reached a confidential settlement in its patent infringement lawsuit with E. Mishan and Sons (Emson) under which Emson has agreed to an exclusive supply agreement to buy Cree high power LEDs (light-emitting diodes) for its high performance tactical flashlights.

“Cree is pleased with the result of the litigation protecting its intellectual property rights,” said Dave Emerson, Cree LEDs general manager.

“Cree will continue to diligently protect consumers and vendors from the perils of unauthorized LEDs across multiple applications and markets.

“We look forward to working together with Emson to provide superior products that include genuine, high quality LED chips and components from Cree.”

Cree said it has developed an extensive LED patent portfolio after many years of intensive R&D, with numerous patents still pending.

It said Emson joins other leading flashlight manufacturers in using Cree’s patented high power LEDs.