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Light-emitting diode (LED) flameless candles are popular alternatives to wax candles, and they’re safer too. As a result, many manufacturers are making the candles, including one company named Smart Candle LLC. Excell Consumer Products sued Smart Candle on Oct. 31, 2011, in federal district court in Minnesota, alleging that, among other things, Smart Candle’s use of the trade name and trademark “Smart Candle” infringed on rights that Excell had over the use of that name and trademark. Excell asked for a permanent injunction against Smart Candle’s use of the name, trademark and domain name “smartcandle.com.”

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