IP, Reports & Roadmaps | Apr 15, 2011

Nexxus Lighting Got Granted a Utility Patent on Selective Heat Sink™ Technology

Nexxus Lighting Inc. today announced that it has been awarded a U.S. utility patent (U.S. Patent Number 7,911,797) - "APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR THERMAL MANAGEMENT OF ELECTRICAL DEVICES", patenting the use of thermal pins (Selective Heat Sinks™ ) to dissipate heat away from components mounted on printed circuit boards (PCBs). Read more »

IP, Reports & Roadmaps | Apr 04, 2011

Cree and Osram Sign Comprehensive Patent Cross License Agreement

Cree, Inc. and Osram GmbH announce the signing of a comprehensive, worldwide patent cross-license agreement. The agreement underscores each company’s commitment to speeding the adoption of LED lighting while respecting the value and importance of each company’s intellectual property. The cross-license agreement covers patents from both parties in the fields of blue LED chip technology, white LEDs and phosphors, packaging, LED luminaires and lamps, and LED lighting control systems. Read more »

IP, Reports & Roadmaps | Mar 17, 2011

Winning Invalidation Action Against Nichia’s Taiwan Design Patent

Taiwan IP Court rendered a decision on March 03, 2011 holding that the patent in issue is invalid and reversing the original decisions of TIPO and the Petition and Appeal Committee of MOEA.. Read more »

IP, Reports & Roadmaps | Feb 15, 2011

UCI Researchers Find LED Products Billed as Eco-Friendly Contain Toxic Metals

LED products usually are electronic products that should be handled as electronics scrap if disposed, anyway. A realease of potentially hazardous substances under regular use is very unlikely, even when broken. LED professional does not agree with the generalized conclusions of this research. However, it is important to challange statements of PR and lobbies to boost more eco-friendly products. In fact, light-emitting diodes of tested holiday bulbs, traffic lights and car beams marketed as safe, environmentally preferable alternatives to traditional lightbulbs actually contain lead, arsenic and a dozen other potentially hazardous substances, according to newly published research. Read more »

IP, Reports & Roadmaps | Jan 21, 2011

Power Integrations Awarded Double Damages in Patent-Infringement Case Against Fairchild Semiconductor

Power Integrations today announced that a federal district court has doubled the financial damages awarded to the company in its patent-infringement case against Fairchild Semiconductor. This action follows an earlier ruling in which the Court found that Fairchild's infringement of Power Integrations' patents was willful. Following the increase, the total damage award now stands at approximately $12 million. Read more »

IP, Reports & Roadmaps | Nov 17, 2010

Intematix and Tridonic Consortium Announce Agreement on BOSE Phosphor Patents for LEDs

Intematix, a leading U.S. manufacturer of LED phosphors, and Tridonic, a leading manufacturer of lighting components and part of the Zumtobel Group of Austria, today announced a comprehensive licensing agreement governing silicate patents for LEDs. The patents control the use of LED phosphor materials and the application of the phosphors in LEDs. The BOSE patents are held by a consortium of four companies: Tridonic, Toyoda Gosei, Leuchtstoffwerk Breitungen and Litec GbR. Read more »

IP, Reports & Roadmaps | Nov 12, 2010

Luminus Devices Awarded 50th U.S. Patent For ‘Big-Chip’ LEDs

Luminus Devices, developer and manufacturer of ‘big-chip’ PhlatLight® LEDs, today announced that the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) recently awarded the company its 50th patent. Having pioneered big-chip LED technology, Luminus has aggressively filed intellectual property (IP) for protection of big chip LED devices, packages and systems. In addition, the company has also been granted 13 non-U.S. issued patents in China, Korea and Taiwan that extend big-chip LED protection into those countries. Read more »

IP, Reports & Roadmaps | Oct 12, 2010

Citizen Electronics and Once Innovations Sign License Agreement

Once Innovations, Inc. and Citizen Electronics Co., Ltd. have entered into a license agreement designed to accelerate growth of LED general lighting markets. The agreement gives Citizen access to part of the Once IP portfolio related to AC LED conditioning technologies and color temperature shift control for dimmable AC LED lighting. Read more »

IP, Reports & Roadmaps | Oct 07, 2010

Kyma Acquires Select Assets and IP Rights from Fox Group

Kyma Technologies, Inc., a leading supplier of ultra-high purity crystalline gallium nitride (GaN) and aluminum nitride (AlN) materials and related products and services, is pleased to announce that Kyma has acquired from The Fox Group certain assets and intellectual property rights. Read more »

IP, Reports & Roadmaps | Sep 17, 2010

Epistar and Toyoda Gosei Sign Cross-License Agreement

Two LED chip makers, Taiwan-based Epistar Corporation and Japan`s Toyoda Gosei Co., Ltd., have signed a cross-license agreement to allow the companies to use each other’s patents for specific LED technologies. Read more »

IP, Reports & Roadmaps | Sep 09, 2010

Nichia Files 4 Provisional Injunction Actions Against a Seller of LED Light Bulbs

Nichia Corporation announced today that it had filed four provisional injunction actions in Tokyo District Court to enjoin Tsannkuen Japan (Sankun Nihon Denki Kabushiki Kaisha) from infringing Nichia's patent. Nichia believes white LEDs used in certain LED light bulb products of Tsannkuen Japan, sold by G.K. Seiyu and K.K. Yamada Denki, infringe Nichia's white LED patents (No. 3724498, No. 3995011, No. 4109297, No. 4530094), and have come to file the provisional injunction actions in Tokyo District court. The patent is one of Nichia's patents concerning the technology of combining phosphor with blue LED, and is employed in many white LED products that combine phosphor with blue LED. Read more »

IP, Reports & Roadmaps | Jul 15, 2010

DOE Releases SSL Manufacturing R&D Roadmap

The U.S. Department of Energy has published the 2010 edition of the Solid-State Lighting (SSL) Manufacturing R&D Roadmap. Complementing the SSL R&D Multi-Year Program Plan (MYPP) that guides the Core and Product Development R&D programs, the Roadmap's primary goal is to guide the manufacturing R&D program and help direct funding solicitations for it. Manufacturing R&D is a part of DOE's SSL manufacturing initiative launched in 2009. The Roadmap also provides guidance for equipment and material suppliers, based on industry consensus on the expected evolution of SSL manufacturing – thereby reducing risk, improving quality, increasing yields, and lowering costs. Read more »

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Lumileds Maximizes Field Usable Lumens: New LUXEON HL2X LED

Lumileds Maximizes Field Usable Lumens: New LUXEON HL2X LED Lumileds introduces the LUXEON HL2X, the ideal choice for roadway lighting and sports lighting fixtures with the highest flux and efficiency in an industry standard package. "With 318+ lumens at 700 mA and 85°C, LUXEON HL2X delivers more 'field usable lumens' for optical engineers to work with. ... Read more »

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Australian Associated Press Recently Wrote: Red Light Could Improve Over-40s' Eyesight

Australian Associated Press Recently Wrote: Red Light Could Improve Over-40s' Eyesight A small LED torch that emits deep red light could help improve declining eyesight, scientists have said: A study by University College London, involving a small sample size of 24 people, has shown that staring at long wavelength light for three minutes every day can "significantly improve vision" ... Read more »

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Signify Invests to Broaden Its UV-C Lighting Portfolio for Professional Disinfection

Signify Invests to Broaden Its UV-C Lighting Portfolio for Professional Disinfection Signify, the world leader in lighting, is increasing its UV-C lighting production capacity and expanding its UV-C product portfolio. The company is leveraging more than 35 years of expertise in UV-C lighting to address the growing global need for the disinfection of air, surfaces and objects. Read more »