Color Kinetics, a specialist in light-emitting diodes (LED), has been awarded a patent in Hong Kong for its Chromacore technology. Chromacore is geared for illumination systems used in a wide range of industries - from computers and consumer electronics to toys and aerospace. 'This patent reflects Color Kinetics' commitment to advancing our technology leadership overseas and meeting global demand for intelligent solid-state lighting systems,' said George Mueller, Color Kinetics' chairman and chief executive. 'We are thrilled for this first of many expected patents to come in Asia.' Color Kinetics' Chromacore technology was recently awarded Patent No HK1025416 in Hong Kong. It secured a United States patent in 2000 and a European patent last year. The company's intellectual property portfolio encompasses 17 issued US and international patents, and more than 100 patent filings that cover a wide scope of solid-state illumination technologies and methods. Chromacore technology applies microprocessor-controlled LEDs to generate millions of colours and dynamic lighting effects. This pioneering use of LEDs offers a low-power, ultra-long life, low-heat and ultraviolet ray-free illumination system compared with traditional light sources. Founded in 1997, the privately-held Color Kinetics designs, manufactures and markets its products to various professional lighting, consumer and licensed applications. The Boston, Massachusetts-based company has offices in the Netherlands and China, and a joint venture in Japan.