Color Kinetics “doesn’t make LEDs, it does make software and control technology for programming light shows and mixing different colored LEDs,” reports Scott Kirsner for The Boston Globe. “The company holds 19 patents related to the control of LED lighting systems, and has filed for more than 100 additional patents. ‘We spend about a million dollars a year filing patents,’ says chief executive George Mueller. The company has two full-time patent lawyers in-house, and also works with the Boston firm of Wolf, Greenfield & Sacks.”
“Apple Computer recently filed a patent application for a computer whose exterior would change colors, apparently after Color Kinetics had demonstrated their technology to Apple. ‘It covers a lot of our technology and a lot of patents we hold,’ Mueller says,” Kirsner reports.
Kirsner writes, “(Imagine that, though: a computer that would glow different colors based on how much of its processing power was being used. When it turned red, you’d know that a crash was imminent.) It’ll be interesting to see whether Color Kinetics can exact a licensing fee from anyone who blends colored LEDs. Says Simms: ‘We haven’t invested the fortune that we have in intellectual property without planning to defend it.'”
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Apple to release new computers and devices that dynamically change color? – December 28, 2002