2017-07-24

Can Chinese LED Makers Change Rules of Patent Market in the Post Oligopoly Era?

For a long time, Nichia, Osram Opto., Cree, Toyota Gosei and Lumileds have jointly shaped an enormous and powerful patent shield with cross-license agreements within the world LED industry and the five lighting goliaths have been charging, more or less, whoever tried to sell LED products abroad. However, as those patents are about to expire, Taiwan- and Korea-based Companies rise with their new patents and the expansion of Chinese businesses is posing threats, the industry is slowing transitioning away from the old oligopoly.
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2017-07-13

HTC Accused of White LED Patent Infringement by Nichia, Again

Nichia, the noted Japan-based LED firm, on 29th June filed a lawsuit with the Düsseldorf District Court in Germany against Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer HTC Corp. and e-commerce solution provider Digital River Ireland Ltd., accusing them of the infringement of its LED patent.
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2017-07-13

Düsseldorf District Court Finds Infringement of Nichia's YAG Patent by Everlight's Subsidiary WOFI Leuchten

The court rendered the judgment in favor of Nichia's claims for permanent injunction, also rendering of accounts and damages. Furthermore, the court confirmed Nichia's claim for recall of the accused products from the commercial customers and destruction of the accused products being owned or in possession by WOFI. The judgment is not final and can be appealed.
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2017-06-06

Düsseldorf District Court maintains Decisions of Preliminary Injunctions against Everlight for Infringement of Nichia’s YAG Patent

On April 25, 2017, the Düsseldorf District Court in Germany has rendered judgments in favor of Nichia Corporation (“Nichia”) maintaining three preliminary injunctions against Everlight Electronics Co., Ltd. (“Everlight”) for infringement of Nichia’s YAG patent EP 936 682 (DE 697 02 929). The preliminary injunctions concern the white LED products “334-15/X1C5-1QSA”, „334-15/T2C2-1TVB“ and „XI3535-KT577J1-03201-000P“ manufactured by Everlight and distributed in Germany.
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2017-06-05

Nichia Updates on the Patent Lawsuit Filed by Everlight

On April, 25, 2017, a Taiwanese LED manufacturer Everlight Electronics Co., Ltd. (“Everlight”) issued a press release, announcing that it had filed a patent infringement lawsuit in Tokyo District Court against Nichia Corporation (“Nichia”) and other companies.
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2017-06-03

Nichia Turns Focus to LD as LED Growth Slows Down

According to Japanese media Nikkei, major LED manufacturer Nichia Corporation plans to invest around 22 billion Japanese yen (about US$197 million) by the end of 2020 to build a new laser diode (LD) factory at its current production base. LD can be used as a light source for projectors, endoscopy and headlights. The Japanese LED maker’s goal is to increase current LD production capacity by at least three-fold by 2020. 
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2017-05-09

Nichia Wins Important Victory in Federal Circuit Appeal

Nichia Corporation (“Nichia”) announces that the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has affirmed a district court decision holding that Everlight Electronics Co., Ltd. and Everlight Americas, Inc. (collectively, “Everlight”) have infringed three Nichia patents.
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2017-05-05

EVERLIGHT Sued Nichia, Citizen and Daiko for Patent Infringement

EVERLIGHT Electronics Co., Ltd. on April 25, 2017 filed its complaints with Tokyo District Court against Nichia Corporation, Citizen Electronics Co., Ltd. and Daiko Electronics Co., Ltd. for patent infringement.
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2017-03-09

Harvatek Stock Plummets amid Patent Infringement Lawsuit

Japanese LED giant Nichia Corporation recently announced that the Düsseldorf Court of Appeal in Germany has confirmed that four white LED products by Taiwanese LED manufacturer Harvatek Corporation infringe Nichia’s YAG Patent EP 0 936 682 (DE 697 02 929).
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2017-03-08

Nichia Files Patent Infringement Lawsuit against EBV in Germany Regarding White LED Product of Everlight

On February 22, 2017, Nichia Corporation (“Nichia“) filed a patent infringement lawsuit in Germany at the District Court Düsseldorf against the Germany-based distributor EBV Elektronik GmbH & Co. KG and EBV Management GmbH (both “EBV“).
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2017-03-08

Düsseldorf Court of Appeal Confirms Infringement of Nichia‘s YAG Patent by Harvatek

With judgment of January 20, 2017 (docket number I-2 U 41/12), the Düsseldorf Court of Appeal in Germany has confirmed the infringement of YAG Patent EP 0 936 682 (DE 697 02 929) of Nichia Corporation (“Nichia“) by Taiwanese LED manufacturer Harvatek Corporation (“Harvatek”) concerning four accused white LED products.
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2017-02-07

Nichia Demands That Everlight Complies With the Judgement of Düsseldorf Court of Appeal in Germany

As reported in a prior press release, in its judgement of December 22, 2016 (docket number I-15 U 31/14), the Düsseldorf Court of Appeal in Germany has confirmed the infringement as already found at court in first instance of YAG Patent EP 0 936 682 (DE 697 02 929) of Nichia Corporation ("Nichia") by Taiwanese LED manufacturer Everlight Electronics Co., Ltd. and its German subsidiary Everlight Electronics Europe GmbH (both "Everlight") concerning six accused white LED products. The further appeal of the Everlight affecting judgement was not allowed by the Düsseldorf Court of Appeal. Everlight has filed in the meantime against this decision a request with the Federal Court of Justice (docket number X ZR 5/17) to allow such further appeal.
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2017-02-07

Düsseldorf Court Orders Fine Against Mouser for Contempt of Preliminary Injunction Regarding a Product of Everlight Based on Nichia's YAG Patent

As reported in a prior press release, on September 29, 2016, the Düsseldorf District Court in Germany had granted a preliminary injunction against Mouser Electronics Inc. ("Mouser") based on a request of Nichia Corporation ("Nichia"). The court admitted Nichia's arguments that the white LED product "334-15/X1C5-1QSA" manufactured by Everlight Electronics Co., Ltd. and distributed by Mouser in Germany infringes Nichia's YAG patent EP 936 682 (DE 697 02 929).
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2017-02-07

Japan IP High Court Dismissed Everlight’s Lawsuit Against Nichia’s Corporation Releases

Another bitter litigation between two noted LED manufacturers has come to an end. The Intellectual Property High Court of Japan (IPHC) announced on 18th of Jan, 2017 a dismissal of the lawsuit Everlight filed to call for injunctions against Nichia based on the Japanese Unfair Competition Act.
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2017-01-10

Goodbye Bitter 2016: Patent Disputes and New Alliances (Part 2)

Nichia announced Tuesday that it had won another LED patent infringement suit against Everlight in Dusseldorf Court in Germany, and filed another four patent suits against Chinese LCD TV manufacturer TCL Multimedia Technology Holdings, LED retailers Lowe’s Hone, and LED distributors L G Sourcing and Feit Electric. Feit Electric is the most recent plaintiff to be included in the Japanese LED manufacturers list of companies where it is seeking for injunctions that prohibit the sale and distribution of infringing products, but there has not been much changes in its patent suit strategy. The company is following a trajectory similar to 2016 in its patent suit approach. LEDinside also estimates Feit Electric might cave into arriving a settlement in a similar way that it did with Cree in 2016.
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2017-01-10

Nichia Files Four New Patent Infringement Suits against U.S. TV Makers and LED Distributors

On Dec. 27, 2016, Nichia Corporation ("Nichia") filed four patent infringement lawsuits in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. The defendants in the lawsuits are (1) TTE Technology, a US-based LCD TV distributor, and its parent company, TCL Multimedia Technology Holdings Limited, a Chinese manufacturer of LCD TVs; (2) VIZIO, a US-based LCD TV maker; (3) Lowe’s Home Center LLC (“Lowe’s”), a US-based retailer of LED lighting and other products, and Lowe’s affiliated U.S. distributor, L G Sourcing, Inc.; and (4) Feit Electric Company, Inc., a US-based LED lighting manufacturer and distributor. In these lawsuits, Nichia asserts that defendants have infringed Nichia’s U.S. Patent No. 9,490,411. Nichia seeks an injunction prohibiting the defendants’ sale and distribution of infringing products. Nichia also seeks damages for defendants’ infringement.
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2017-01-10

Düsseldorf Court Confirms Infringement of Nichia‘s YAG Patent by Everlight

With judgment of Dec. 22, 2016 (docket number I-15 U 31/14), the Düsseldorf Court of Appeal in Germany has confirmed the infringement of YAG Patent EP 0 936 682 (DE 697 02 929) of Nichia Corporation (“Nichia“) by Taiwanese LED manufacturer Everlight Electronics Co., Ltd. and its German subsidiary Everlight Electronics Europe GmbH (both “Everlight“) concerning six accused white LED products.
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2017-01-04

Future Lighting Solutions Now Offers Nichia New 3W LED Product Series

Nichia a leader in LED technology, has officially launched their new 319A high power LED product series. The 319A series is available through Nichia Sales Offices, Future Lighting Solutions (FLS), a world-class leader and innovator in the distribution and marketing of solid-state lighting technologies, and other partner distributors.
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2017-01-03

Nichia Files Patent Infringement Lawsuit against Takizumi

On Dec. 19, 2016, Nichia Corporation (“Nichia”) filed a patent infringement lawsuit with the Tokyo District Court against TAKIZUMI ELECTRIC INDUSTRIES CO., LTD. (“Takizumi”), a manufacturer and distributor of lighting fixtures, seeking an injunction and compensation for damages.
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2016-12-21

Nichia Clinches Two Legal Victories against Everlight in German District Courts

Leading Japanese LED chip manufacturer Nichia announced today it had won two separate YAG LED patent disputes against Everlight subsidiaries in the Düsseldorf Court of Appeal in Germany.
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2016-11-24

Nichia’s Landmark Victory in German Courts to Help Settle Suits in 2017

Nichia explained the legal course of actions it took throughout 2016 were not aimed at particular manufacturers, but was part of their general intellectual property protection policy.
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2016-11-23

Nichia’s Developments for Micro-LED and Other Lighting Technologies in 2017

The slowdown in LED backlight market including smartphone displays continued to trend on into 2016 that even top player in the industry Nichia is looking beyond this particular market sector in its 2017 roadmap.
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2016-11-17

German Court Grants Nichia Preliminary Injunctions for Everlight's Patent Infringing White LED Products

On Oct.19, 2016 and Oct. 28, 2016, Nichia  filed a request for three preliminary injunctions in Germany at the Düsseldorf District Court against Everlight Electronics (“Everlight”), alleging that the white LED products “334-15/X1C5-1QSA”, „334-15/T2C2-1TVB“ and „XI3535-KT577J1-03201-000P“ manufactured by Everlight and distributed in Germany infringe Nichia's YAG patent EP 936 682 (DE 697 02 929).
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2016-10-24

Nichia Sues HTC Nippon and Distributor over LED Patent Infringement

On Oct. 18, 2016, Nichia Corporation (“Nichia”) filed a patent infringement lawsuit with the Tokyo District Court against HTC NIPPON, a Japanese affiliate of Taiwanese HTC (“HTC”), and Kanematsu Communications, a distributor of HTC NIPPON, seeking an injunction and compensation for damages.
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2016-10-20

Nichia Wins Patent Infringement Lawsuit Against Tachibana and E&E Japan in Tokyo

On October, 14, 2016, in a lawsuit filed by Nichia Corporation (“Nichia”) against Tachibana Eletech Co., Ltd (“Tachibana”) and E&E Japan Co., Ltd. (“E&E”), which companies imported and/or sold Blue LEDs manufactured by a Taiwanese company, Everlight Electronics Co., Ltd., (“Everlight”), the Tokyo District Court found that the importation/sale of those Blue LEDs by E&E and Tachibana constituted infringement of Nichia's patent.
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2016-10-14

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San’an Opto said that the company has engaged in preliminary discussions with Osram upon a potential acquisition or partnership. However, the two parties only met once to discuss related issues so far.
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2016-10-14

Everlight Refutes Nichia’s Patent Lawsuit Against Mouser

Everlight filed a declaratory judgment action against Nichia Corporation (“Nichia”) for invalidity and non-infringement of U.S. Patent Nos. 5,998,925 and 7,531,960 in the U.S. District Court for Eastern District of Michigan in 2012. These two patents are directed to YAG phosphor being used in LEDs and phosphor concentration. The court confirmed that all asserted claims of Nichia’s patents were invalid. Aside from the U.S. court ruling, Everlight has receive favorable rulings in Japan and Taiwan that Nichia’s patents are invalid.
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2016-10-11

Nichia Settles YAG Patent Lawsuit with UK Retailer B&Q

In June 2016 NICHIA commenced a lawsuit claiming that certain white LED-containing products sold by B&Q plc, the largest DIY company in the UK, and sourced from third-party Asian manufacturers infringed Nichia's European “YAG” patents.
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2016-08-18

Everlight to File Another Patent Invalidation Case against Nichia in Germany

Everlight announced that it will be filing another suit to invalidate Nichia’s YAG LED patent in Germany.
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2016-08-17

German Federal Court of Justice Validates Nichia’s YAG-LED Patent

With judgment dated August 16, 2016 (docket number X ZR 96/14), the German Federal Court of Justice decided that the German part of Nichia’s patent EP 936 682 (DE 697 02 929), i.e. the “YAG patent” is valid. As a consequence, the Federal Court of Justice lifted entirely the first instance judgment of the German Federal Patent Court from 2014 (docket number 2 Ni 11/12) which had found Nichia’s YAG patent invalid and dismissed in total the nullity action initiated by Everlight Electronics Co., Ltd. (“Everlight”).
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