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Nichia’s Patent was expired and Everlight’s products are not affected


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.

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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