Shulin Dist., New Taipei City – Oct 24, 2018 – In response to Nichia’s press release on October 23 on their website about the Germany litigation, Everlight indicated that, Nichia’s European patent EP936682 (and its equivalent Germany counterpart-- Germany patent DE69702929) was expired on July 29, 2017. Therefore Everlight’s products are not affected in any way. Since this patent was expired and no injunction will result from this expired patent, Everlight decided to withdraw the appeal in order to avoid wasting the court’s judicial resources from abuse litigation.
The following European and Germany patents were all expired on July 29, 2017: EP936682、DE69702929、EP2276080、EP2197053、EP1017111、EP1271664、EP1429397、EP1429398、EP2194590、EP2197054、EP2197055、EP2197057、DE29724458、DE29724642、DE29724670、DE29724764、DE29724773.
Supreme Court of the United States determined that the asserted claims in Nichia’s YAG patents, US5,998,925 and US 7,531,960, are all invalid; Intellectual Property Court of Taiwan also determined that Nichia’s Taiwanese YAG patent, TW383508, is invalid. It remained unchanged that Everlight prevailed in these judgements.