Foley Hoag Represents High Performance Optics in Exclusive and Global License with Essilor

License Will Allow Rapid Adoption of Selective Blue Light Filtering Spectacle Lens Technology

April 16, 2013

Foley Hoag LLP client High Performance Optics, a company focused on human retinal protection from blue light, recently announced that it has exclusively licensed Essilor globally with its technology, intellectual property, trade secrets, and know how regarding the selective blue light filtering of spectacle lenses. Essilor, headquartered in Paris, France is the world’s leader in ophthalmic optics.

Essilor and HPO have independently developed “selective” blue light filtering spectacle lens technology capable of protecting the retina of the human eye from the hazards of high energy blue light. The companies believe the HPO global exclusive license to Essilor will allow for a more rapid exploitation and adoption of the technology globally and in addition speed its availability to the global population. Both companies have agreed to share the technology with the optical / vision care industry worldwide by way of global sublicensing.

Foley Hoag partner and Chair of the Licensing & Strategic Alliances Practice Group, Hemmie Chang represented High Performance Optics in the Agreement, with support from Pia Owens.

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