, a world leading manufacturer of fiber optic and LED lighting, has acquired from High End Systems, Inc. of Austin, Texas, U.S. Patent #4,962,687 covering the invention of a "Variable Color Lighting System" developed by inventor Richard Belliveau.
The patent development dates back to pioneering inventions by Richard Belliveau in the late 1980s which resulted in multi-color lighting systems for entertainment applications including High End's famous Color Pro products. Super Vision's interest in the Belliveau patent was due to the broad coverage of this patent in the use of networked, centrally controlled, addressable color changing lighting systems incorporating pulse width modulation and variable digital control circuitry which can vary the intensity of individual lamp elements to generate unlimited colors. Super Vision will utilize this patent to incorporate all future development of its LED lighting systems for the lighting, sign, pool and landscape industry.
"This patent represents the foundation on which all LED lighting systems are being designed and built today," says Brett Kingstone, Super Vision's President. "In our research of hundreds of patents and prior art applications, the Belliveau patent stood out as the earliest and most important patent in the field. We are grateful to Richard Belliveau's pioneering efforts and to High End for providing us with this opportunity. We look forward to cooperating with many of our colleagues in the manufacturing industry to make this process available to them as well."
"We have made excellent use of the Belliveau patent in the development of our entertainment lighting systems, however, we have always been aware of the broad scope and importance of this patent for the development of LED systems," says High End Systems' CEO Frank Gordon. "Super Vision has expressed strong interest in developing LED applications utilizing this invention and we were pleased to support them with the understanding that they should also share this patent through fair licensing arrangements within the industry to help support free trade and continued growth in the field."
Under the terms of the agreement, High End Systems will continue to have a license throughout the duration of the patent.