SOURCE: Wolf Greenfield

June 17, 2008 11:57 ET

Wolf Greenfield Congratulates Client Ihor Lys, National Inventor of the Year

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwire - June 17, 2008) - Wolf, Greenfield & Sacks, P.C. congratulates its longtime client Dr. Ihor Lys of Color Kinetics (now Philips Solid-State Lighting Solutions), who recently received the 35th Annual National Inventor of the Year Award from the Intellectual Property Owners Education Foundation.

Wolf Greenfield, a Boston intellectual property law firm, obtained the patents for his key invention, Powercore®, a breakthrough digital power-processing technology designed to increase efficiency, lower the overall cost, and simplify installation of LED lighting systems.

"It's been inspiring to work with Dr. Lys, who is truly a giant in his field, and we congratulate him on this richly deserved recognition," said Joseph Teja Jr., Wolf Greenfield shareholder and co-chair of its Cleantech Group.

LEDs are expected to supplant conventional light sources for illuminating homes and workspaces. The U.S. Department of Energy has estimated cumulative savings of $98 billion by 2020 once LED lighting reaches the performance crossover with conventional light sources. Powercore® technology integrates power, data management and voltage conversion within the light fixture, eliminating the need for a separate power supply.

Dr. Lys co-founded Color Kinetics in 1997, where he developed Powercore® and a number of other LED illumination technologies. Color Kinetics was acquired by Philips Electronics North America in August 2007, and now Dr. Lys serves as Chief Scientist of the new Philips Solid-State Lighting Solutions. He is responsible for the company's strategic technology advancement and implementation, including applied research and advanced engineering in the development of new lighting, power and control products. He has contributed to more than 50 issued patents and numerous patent filings. He has been named to the Technology Review TR100, Mass High Tech All-Stars, and Entertainment Design magazine's 50 Most Powerful People in Entertainment Technology.

Wolf Greenfield, the largest law firm in New England devoted exclusively to intellectual property law, serves companies that make everything from pharmaceuticals to software to electronics to snowboards, as well as representing academic research centers. The firm counsels clients in the areas of patents, trademarks, copyrights, designs, trade secrets, and related licensing and litigation. Web: www.wolfgreenfield.com

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