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Nichia’s White LED Patent Was Decided Invalid in Taiwan


New Taipei City, Shulin District – May 9, 2017 – Everlight Electronics Co., Ltd. filed an invalidation request against Nichia’s white LED patent No. 383,508 with the Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) in August 2011. The patent was directed to YAG phosphors being used in LEDs and flat panel lighting sources. TIPO held the patent invalid in July 2016. Later, although Nichia opposed to such decision, the opposition was denied on March 29, 2017 and Nichia’s patent was decided invalid.

  In response to Nichia’s May 9 press release regarding the U.S. litigation, it is to emphasize that the appellate court confirmed the district court’s finding of no injunction against Everlight’s products.

  Everlight on April 25, 2017 sued Nichia, Citizen, and Daiko in the Tokyo District Court for infringing Everlight’s COB patents. Everlight requested the Court to enjoin the defendants from selling, manufacturing, importing or exporting any infringing products. Defendants were also requested to destroy any inventories of infringing products and bear Everlight’s damages due to the infringement.

Everlight respects intellectual property rights and does not tolerate any infringement and will devote to the protection of customers’ and shareholders’ benefits and rights.

About EVERLIGHT Electronics Co. Ltd.

EVERLIGHT Electronics Co., Ltd. was founded in 1983 in Taipei, Taiwan. Led by Chairman Robert Yeh. EVERLIGHT has over 35 years of R&D experience for reliable capability. With global operations for customer service and an excellent brand reputation, EVERLIGHT has been ranked in the top five LED manufacturers in this competitive LED market. Our products are manufactured in-house to guarantee maximum quality and service. EVERLIGHT provides the most diversified product portfolio consisting of Low Power LEDs to Ultra High Power LEDs, Through-hole LEDs to SMD LEDs, LED Lighting Modules, Digital Displays, Optocouplers and Infrared Emitters and Sensors, and many other LEDs for the Lighting, TFT, Automotive, Signage, and Consumer markets. Today, EVERLIGHT is a global company with over 6,400 employees based throughout China, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, India, Germany and U.S.A.

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