(Reuters) – Five major retailers, including Amazon.com Inc. and Walmart Inc., were sued on Tuesday by the University of California, and what he called the “existential threat” when the foreign manufacturers, violate the schools’ portfolio.
FILE PHOTO: the logo of The company, outside of an Amazon pop-up store in Berlin, Germany, on November 22, 2018. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch/File Photo
Amazon, Walmart, Target Corporation, Ikea AB’s, and Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. were accused of infringing on four patents relating to the “filament” LED bulbs, which use 90% less energy and last many years longer, than regular light bulbs.
This application relates to and what the university has called for the “re-invention of the light bulb,” by researchers at the University of California, Santa Barbara, led by professor Shuji Nakamura, won the 2014 Nobel prize for physics.
The university has been looking for unidentified losses, including expenses, as well as lawsuits filed in the U.s. District Court in Los Angeles, california, and the retailers to execute a license agreement.
It has also asked the U.S. International Trade Commission to open a probe into the retailers’ behavior, the retailers have failed to require it of their suppliers, and in honor of the university’s patents.
None of the shop owners to immediately respond to requests for comment.
Incandescent light bulbs and LED light bulbs are also known as “Edison” or “vintage” bulbs because they look like the bulbs made by Thomas Edison, who scorched wires visible inside.
They have been available on a large scale only in the last couple of years in the United States, where sales in 2019 are expected to be over $1 billion, according to the court papers.
According to the university, the lawyers of Nixon Peabody, in the case of the first-of-its-kind “right to enforce” the campaign for an industry as a whole.
The university said the aim is to focus on a broader national response to the existential threat” posed by the “widespread disregard” for the rights of the universities, as well as when the schools have to encourage the private sector to develop commercial products in their research.
The lawsuits in the U.s. District Court for the Central District of California, under the Regents of the University of California v. Walmart Inc., No. 19-06570); the Regents of the University of California v. Amazon.com Inc., et al, No. 19-06571); the Regents of the University of California v. Target Corp., 19-06572); the Regents of the University of California v. Ikea of Sweden AB, et al., ” No.” 19-06573, and the Regents of the University of California v. Bed Bath & Beyond Inc., 19-06574.
Reporting by Jonathan Stempel in New York; Editing by Lisa Shumaker