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IP, Reports & Roadmaps | Jan 11, 2007

Philips Lumileds obtains favorable ruling in patent infringement litigation against Epistar

SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA – Philips Lumileds announced today that it has received a favorable ruling from the Administrative Law Judge (“ALJ”) of the United States International Trade Commission (“ITC”) presiding over Philips Lumileds’ patent infringement litigation against Epistar Corporation.

Specifically, Administrative Law Judge Sydney Harris issued an Initial Determination that Philips Lumileds’ United States Patent No. 5,008,718 (“718 Patent”); Patent No. 5,376,580; and Patent No. 5,502,316 are valid and enforceable, and that Epistar’s “metal bond” (MB) and MB II products infringe the 718 Patent. ALJ Harris also ruled that none of the accused products are licensed under Philips Lumileds’ asserted patents. Because of this infringement, Epistar is violating section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930 by importing its MB LEDs into the United States, selling them for importation, and/or selling them in the United States after importation. Philips Lumileds seeks permanent limited exclusion orders to prohibit importation and sale of the infringing LEDs and products containing such LEDs.

Philips Lumileds has also filed a complaint against UEC and Epistar in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California for infringement of the same patents at issue in the ITC. In that suit, Philips Lumileds seeks both an injunction against future infringement as well as damages, including enhanced damages for willful infringement.

About Philips Lumileds Lighting Company
Philips Lumileds Lighting Company is the world’s leading high-volume manufacturer of power LEDs and a pioneer in the use of solid-state lighting solutions for everyday purposes including automotive lighting, camera flash, LCD televisions, portable lighting and general lighting. The company’s patented LUXEON® Power Light Sources are the first to combine the brightness of conventional lighting with the small footprint, long life and other advantages of LEDs. Philips Lumileds also supplies core LED material and LED packaging, and manufactures billions of LEDs annually. The company is headquartered in San Jose, California, with operations in the Netherlands, Japan and Malaysia and sales offices throughout the world. For more information, contact Philips Lumileds Lighting Company at 408-964-2900 or visit www.philipslumileds.com.

About Royal Philips Electronics
Royal Philips Electronics of the Netherlands (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHI) is a global leader in healthcare, lifestyle and technology, delivering products, services and solutions through the brand promise of “sense and simplicity”. Headquartered in the Netherlands, Philips employs approximately 126,000 employees in more than 60 countries worldwide. With sales of EUR 30.4 billion in 2005, the company is a market leader in medical diagnostic imaging and patient monitoring systems, energy efficient lighting solutions, personal care and home appliances, as well as consumer electronics. News from Philips is located at www.philips.com/newscenter.

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