2018-12-18

Patent Disputes: Nichia, Seoul Semiconductor and Everlight

Nichia and Seoul Semiconductor, the two LED manufacturers in Japan and South Korea, have respectively reported updates regarding their intellectual property issues with the Taiwan-based company, Everlight. Nichia has confirmed its YAG patent in Germany as Everlight and its German subsidiary WOFI have withdrawn their appeal in November. The Japanese company then requested Everlight and WOFI to provide the rendering account information for related white LED products. Nichia is going to request compensation for the patent infringement from Everlight based o...
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2018-12-11

Seoul Semiconductor Wins Patent Litigation in Germany

Seoul Semiconductor announced that it won a patent litigation against Everlight in Germany. The patent involved in this litigation relates to an LED package structure for thermal dissipation. Everlight purchased this patent from a U.S. company in 2017, and subsequently brought a patent lawsuit against Seoul in the Mannheim Court of Germany. In December 2018, the Mannheim Court ruled in favor of Seoul Semiconductor and ordered that Everlight to bear the statutory costs of the court proceeding. (Image: Seoul Semiconductor) “Seoul has invested approximat...
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2018-12-06

Epistar Achieves Victory in Patent Challenges Brought by Lowe’s

Epistar announced that it has achieved a victory in the petitions filed by Lowe’s Home Center with the United States Patent and Trademark Office which challenged the validity of five Epistar patents related to Epistar’s innovative LED filament bulb technology. The five patents are U.S. Patent No. 6,346,771, 7,560,738, 8,492,780, 8,587,020, and 8,791,467. These five patents are the subject of a pending patent infringement lawsuit brought by Epistar against Lowe’s, filed on April 28, 2017 in the United States District Court. Lowe’s petit...
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2018-10-12

Everlight Wins Patent Lawsuit in the U.S. Regarding Nichia’s YAG Patent

Taiwanese LED package company Everlight and Japanese LED producer Nichia have continued their dispute regarding the patent of YAG. On October 1st 2018, the Supreme Court of the United State has confirmed the invalidity of Nichia’s assertions about its YAG patents.
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2018-10-11

NIMS Separates Its Red Phosphor Patent Usages into Manufacturing and Application

The National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS) in Japan has announced that the licensing scheme for its comprehensive patent on red phosphor has been changed since October 1, 2018. The red phosphor patent was divided into two groups, a group of materials and manufacturing patents related to the manufacture of phosphors and a group of application patents related to the manufacture of LED devices. NIMS will enter new licensing contracts with companies to which these patents are applicable.
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2018-09-28

U.S. Patent Granted to Nichia, Mitsubishi Chemical, NIMS and Citizen Electronics for LEDs Using Nitride-type Red Phosphor

Four Japanese companies, Nichia, Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation (MCC), Citizen and National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), reported that they have been granted in the U.S. the patent (U.S. patent No. 10,072,207) to LEDs using a nitride-type red phosphor*.
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2018-04-10

Lynk Labs Expands Focus on Licensing & Enforcing Intellectual Property in LED Lighting Industry

Lynk Labs Inc., an OEM component supplier of AC/HV LED and DC LED Lighting assemblies, modules, lamps, drivers and system solutions is expanding its focus on the "LED industry's unlicensed use, import and export of the company's broad and diversified intellectual property portfolio," according to Lynk officials.  To support the expansion of this plan, Lynk has formed Lynk IP Asset Management LLC which will have a primary objective of supporting licensees, enforcing IP rights and managing the proper use of Lynks' broad and growing patent portfolio in the LED lighting market.
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2018-04-10

EVERLIGHT Wins Patent Lawsuit against Seoul Semiconductor

Taiwanese LED chip packaging company EVERLIGHT Electronics on April 9 announced that it has won a patent infringement lawsuit against Seoul Semiconductor in South Korea.
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2018-03-16

Tridonic Files LED Patent Lawsuit against Telecom Retailer

Tridonic initiated patent lawsuits against telecommunication retailer S-KON eKontor24 GmbH. Although District Court Munich I affirmed Tridonic’s arguments, parties agreed on a settlement for reasons of legal certainty and prompt settlement of the dispute.
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2017-11-16

Pedestrian Light Avista Receives U.S. Patent Protection

Amerlux announced it has been granted U.S. patent protection for intellectual property incorporated into its Avista pedestrian light engine.
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2017-10-30

Epistar Obtains Achievement in IP After Years of Efforts

For more than 20 years since Epistar’s founding in 1996, Epistar devoted considerable resources in developing its LED technology , and built a sizable patent portfolio around its innovations. To date, Epistar has over 4000 patents and patent applications.
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2017-08-02

Cree and Emson Settle Patent Dispute and Reach Supply Agreement

Cree, Inc. , a leading LED supplier, announced that it has reached a confidential settlement in its patent infringement lawsuit with E. Mishan and Sons (“Emson”). Emson has agreed to an exclusive supply agreement to purchase market leading Cree® high power LEDs for its high performance tactical flashlights.
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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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2016-11-03

GE Lighting Solutions and Samsung Electronics Sign Patent License Agreement

GE Lighting Solutions and Samsung Electronics announced the signing of a worldwide patent license agreement. 
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2016-11-01

LPA: EPISTAR’s LED Filament Patent Strategies Zoom in on End Market

Plummeting LED lighting prices and net profits in the LED industry, has allowed LED filaments to emerge as the black horse in the market, placing it under the market spotlight. LED filaments were formerly plagued with manufacturing technology and yield rate issues, and in the past few years Epistar’s patent suits has placed LED filaments under the lime light again.
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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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2016-01-28

[Breaking News] Nichia Wins Patent Lawsuit against Everlight in the Eastern District of Texas

Nichia announced that the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas has issued a decision holding that Everlight Electronics and Everlight Americas (collectively, “Everlight”) have infringed three Nichia patents. The court upheld patent infringement claims that Nichia filed against Everlight in 2013.
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2015-08-05

[Breaking News] Cree and Epistar Sign Global LED Patent Cross-License Agreement

Cree and Epistar have signed a worldwide patent cross-license agreement for LED chips to further advance the growth of the LED lighting and LED bulb markets. Cree and Epistar both hold broad and substantial LED chip patent portfolios that are important for making blue LEDs, the foundation of white LEDs found in most lighting products manufactured worldwide. Under the terms of the agreement, each party receives a license to the other’s nitride LED chip patents and is granted certain rights to non-nitride LED chip patents. Over the term of the agreement, Cree will receive a licensing fee and royalty payments from Epistar.
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2015-06-02

Lazer Star Lights Awarded Patent for Light Bar Innovations

Lazer Star Lights was awarded patent number 8974102, which covers innovative technology used in the engineering of the company’s light bars.
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2015-03-31

Go Scale Capital Acquisition of Philips Lumileds Might Solve China LED Patent Issues

Over the past year, the LED industry had pondered about the company that would eventually take over Philips lighting component (Philips Lumileds) and automotive business. Go Scale Capital's acquisiton of Lumileds just might be the solution to Chinese manufacturers lack of LED patents, said LEDinside analysts.
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2014-12-26

Honglitronics LED Lighting Subsidiary Patent Approved by China’s IPO

Honglitronic announced on Christmas the company’s LED lighting subsidiary, Ledia Lighting’s, patent application was authorized by China’s State Intellectual Property Office, according to a report by Securities Times.
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2014-03-03

Epistar Secures Top Spot As New Round of Patent Strategies Begins

Mature LED applications are driving the industry into a new lighting era, and has opened up a new round of patent strategies. Taiwanese LED manufacturers have invested in technology R&D and patent strategies to acquire a niche in upcoming patent competition.
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2014-02-24

Everlight Clarifies USPTO Decision Not Final and Plans to Appeal

In response to Nichia’s press release on February 20 related to the U.S. Patent No. 6,653,215, Everlight clarifies that the decision made by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is not final and still appealable. The decision itself has no effect on Everlight’s products.  Everlight will appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) against the USPTO’s decision.
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2013-12-13

Nationstar Has Hands Full with New LED Patents and Government Subsidies

Nationstar announced the company’s acquirement of two LED manufacturing patents as well as two district government subsidies for subsidiary Foshan Nationstar Optoelectronics totaling RMB 10.24 million (US $1.7 million) in a report on Dec, 12, 2013. 
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