Visa Lighting Prepared to Defend Disinfecting Products From Lawsuit

  • Thu, 09/20/2018

Visa Lighting prepared to defend disinfecting products from lawsuit

Milwaukee architectural lighting manufacturer Visa Lighting categorically rejects the patent infringement claims related to light disinfection made by Kenall Manufacturing on Aug. 31, 2018, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin.


Noting the company’s intent to defend its disinfecting products from the Kenall lawsuit, Visa Lighting’s Executive Vice President Ryan Oldenburg states, “Visa Lighting believes in a fair and competitive marketplace. We are confident in our case, and believe that we will prevail in court. We will continue to develop, market, sell, and support this technology across our product lines while this matter is resolved.”

Visa Lighting has successfully incorporated disinfecting technology into several product lines, including their most recent launch of Linesse linear slot fixtures with White Light Disinfection®, their largest product release this year. All disinfecting luminaires manufactured by Visa Lighting are powered by patented VioSafe® continuous disinfecting technology from healthcare solutions company Vital Vio, Inc. Vital Vio issued the following statement in response to Kenall’s litigation:

"Vital Vio is a leader in clinical research demonstrating the germ-killing power and potential of White Light Disinfection® technologies and related innovations in continuous disinfection. The company began R&D and testing in 2012 and was first-to-market in the U.S. with its initial continuous disinfection product installations in 2014. As a result of its multi-year investment in R&D, the company has a broad product portfolio. Vital Vio technology is powering a range of commercial and retail disinfection products globally. The Vital Vio team remains intently focused on the critical mission of working with its partners and customers to expand the use of its VioSafe® disinfecting technology to protect public health and save lives by reducing the risk of infections.

Vital Vio has been awarded four U.S. Patents for its innovative White Light Disinfection® technologies, platforms, and products, with numerous additional patents pending. Vital Vio is the sole owner of its intellectual property portfolio.

Vital Vio is continuously innovating and growing its intellectual property portfolio, delivering to the market the most advanced continuous disinfection products.  The fact is, the company and its licensing partners operate under Vital Vio’s next-generation and most commercially relevant proprietary technology, which is distinct and unrelated to the patents asserted in Kenall’s recent complaint. Kenall is fully aware of this distinction, having previously dismissed a complaint between itself and Vital Vio over the same patents. Kenall’s claim that it is “the exclusive licensee for markets in North America” and that it “has successfully defended this intellectual property as recently as May 2018” ring hollow, are without merit, and the asserted patents have yet to be properly challenged."


About Visa Lighting: Visa Lighting’s mission is to forge bold, exceptional experiences through progression and creative collaboration. That’s why their performance architectural lighting products are designed, manufactured and assembled by skilled craftspeople in Milwaukee, WI. Decades of manufacturing expertise qualify Visa Lighting to promote responsible innovations in lighting technology, creating opportunities to protect the natural environment while sustaining wellbeing in the built environment. Visa Lighting is an Oldenburg Group company.

About Vital Vio: Vital Vio is a healthcare solutions company that has reinvented disinfection, providing facilities managers and homeowners new tools to continuously kill germs indoors with the flip of a light switch. The company’s VioSafe® White Light Disinfection® technology is suitable for continuous human exposure. Used in combination with traditional intermittent cleaning in hospitals, homes, public spaces, and workplaces, Vital Vio’s technology multi-tasks to safely, effectively, and continuously kill bacteria and other harmful organisms on indoor surfaces, while also illuminating the room. Vital Vio has been awarded several U.S. Patents for its innovative technologies and products, with numerous more patents pending. Research has shown that the company’s LEDs and other product offerings dramatically reduce contamination and infection risk for its customers.


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