IP, Reports & Roadmaps | Oct 29, 2008

Seoul Semiconductor wins lawsuit in US

Seoul Semiconductor Co. Ltd. ("Seoul Semiconductor") announced that the United States Court for the Central District of California rendered a judgment denying all the claims of Nichia Corporation and Nichia America Corporation ("Nichia") in a lawsuit that Nichia filed against Seoul Semiconductor under the Lanham Act and California state law.

This lawsuit started in December, 2007 over statements Seoul Semiconductor distributed to the media regarding an earlier design patent litigation between Seoul Semiconductor and Nichia. Seoul Semiconductor filed a motion for a summary judgment (which is a legal determination of the case without a full trial) against Nichia's claims. After considering both parties' arguments and evidence, the U.S. court found there was no evidence that Seoul Semiconductor's actions caused any injuries to Nichia and the court entered final judgment in favor of Seoul Semiconductor.  The content of the Judgment is as follows:
1.          Nichia shall recover nothing from Seoul Semiconductor.
2.          Seoul Semiconductor shall have judgment in their favor on all of Nichia's claims.
3.          Seoul Semiconductor shall recover from Nichia their costs of suit.

Reference 1. About Seoul Semiconductor (www.acriche.co.kr)
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 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.  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 1,720 patents and 380 licenses as of September 2008. Seoul Semiconductor has 25 branches including 3 overseas corporate offices. Its products are also represented by more than 108 worldwide distributors.

Reference 2. For more information please contact
Daniel Park
Marketing PR manager (in Korea)
E-mail : daniel.park@acriche.com
Tel : +82-31-364-3789

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