On the other hand, illegitimate copycat LED bulbs damage the entire market for LEDs by diminishing steadily, thereby eliminating the promised economic advantages while delivering disappointing performance. In other cases, copycat bulbs don’t meet their claimed performance characteristics even from the start, such as by failing to distribute light evenly.
But IP pirates don’t care about meeting promises. For them the equation is a simple one: Rip off someone’s intellectual property in order to get accredited in the LED lighting market and then lower the manufacturing standards in order to cut costs and increase margins.
If we value innovation and the benefits it brings high-value jobs, economic opportunity and, in the case of conversion to LED lighting, up to a 15% drop in the amount of energy consumed in the U.S. We must commensurately value and protect the IP that invariably underpins that innovation.