Green Patent Acquisitions: Schneider Electric to Buy Xantrex; Lighting Science Group Buys Lamina

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There are a couple of key clean tech purchases from the end of July to report.  First, the French power solutions conglomerate Schneider Electric agreed to buy Vancouver-based solar inverter company Xantrex for $489 million.  (see the press release and the greentech media story)

Xantrex owns about 30 utility and design patents and several patent applications covering power conversion devices for solar- and wind-power systems.  As I discussed here a couple of months ago, Xantrex also is involved in trade secret litigation with competitor Advanced Energy Industries.

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There also was some movement in the large and growing LED market, with Dallas-based Lighting Science Group (LSG) acquiring Lamina Lighting (Lamina) for $4.5 million.  (see the greentech media piece)  LSG makes LED lighting systems, controllers, dimmers and other components. 

Lamina owns a several patents and applications relating to LED light sources, including U.S. Patent No. 7,300,182, entitled “LED light sources for image projection systems,” U.S. Patent No. 7,095,053, directed to an LED packaged for high temperature operation, and design patent D572,385, which appears to cover the design for Lamina’s Titan Series LED lighting system.

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Eric Lane, the founder and principal of Green Patent Law, is an intellectual property lawyer and registered U.S. patent attorney in New York and is a member of the bar in New York and California. Eric has more than two decades of experience working with wind, solar PV, CSP, biofuels, and geothermal, energy storage technologies, carbon capture and sequestration, medical devices, data communications, mechanical, chemical, internet and software.