IP, Reports & Roadmaps | Mar 03, 2009

Seoul Semiconductor Announces Its Position on US 5,075,742 Patent

Seoul Semiconductor Co., Ltd. (“Seoul”) announced that the companies manufacturing or packaging blue, green, white or UV light emitting devices made from the semiconductor indium gallium nitride may be subject to patents owned by Seoul. These patents include U.S. Patent No. 5,075,742, which was the subject of a recent ruling issued by the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. The ruling supports Seoul's view that the patent is fundamental to indium gallium nitride-based light emitting device technology.

This Patent, including its family of patents in Japan, Germany, UK, and France, are available for licensing from Seoul to appropriate business partners. Under the laws of various countries in which Seoul's patents are held, infringement of Seoul's patents may subject a company to injunctive relief, as well as monetary damages for past infringement. Already, three (3) companies have received a license to use Seoul’s patents.
   
Seoul respects intellectual property rights of others and will continue to compete with those companies also respecting intellectual property rights. Seoul will also take necessary steps to protect its intellectual property rights against those who fail to respect its intellectual property rights.
  
A copy of the ruling may be downloaded from http://www.acriche.com/upload/SSC%20MARKMAN%20ORDER.pdf.
  
About Seoul Semiconductor:
Seoul Semiconductor, a world leading LED manufacturer, was ranked 6th in the world in the global high-brightness LED market based on sales volume in 2007. Seoul Semiconductor has been named in Forbes and Business Week's lists as one of the most promising Asian companies.  Its main offering, the Acriche™ LED, was also named "Product of the Year" by Elektronik in 2006, one of the most prestigious electronics publications in Europe. In 2008, this award was given again to Seoul Semiconductor's Flash LED product. Acriche, developed in 2006, is operated directly through AC current without any converters needed for DC LED operation, extending the LED's life span and making installation costs easier and less expensive.  With these important benefits, Acriche LED technology is expected to pioneer the future of the lighting industry. With its cutting-edge technology, Acriche has been awarded in Newtech Korea 2008 and named as Korea Ten Best New Technologies of 2008. Seoul Semiconductor's primary business areas are LED packaging and custom module manufacturing. It provides a full range of LED products including AC-driven semiconductor light sources, Acriche brand products, High-Brightness-Power products, Side-View LEDs, Top LEDs, Chip LEDs, Lamp products, High-Flux LEDs, and custom-type modules. Applications for the company's LED products include general lighting, signage, back lighting for mobile phones, TVs, notebook computers, automotive lighting, home appliances, signals, etc. Seoul Semiconductor reported KRW 250.2b in sales in 2007. It has 1,960 patents and 391 licenses as of December 2008. Seoul Semiconductor has 25 branches including 3 overseas corporate offices. Its products are also represented by more than 113 worldwide distributors.

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