Skip to content. | Skip to navigation

Personal tools

The Global
Information Hub for
Lighting Technologies
and Design

Sections
Home > Resources > Intellectual Properties > Sharp and Nichia Enter into LED and Laser Diode Patent Cross-Licensing Agreement
IP, Reports & Roadmaps | Nov 21, 2008

Sharp and Nichia Enter into LED and Laser Diode Patent Cross-Licensing Agreement

Sharp Corporation (head office: Osaka City, Osaka Prefecture; President: Mikio Katayama; below, “Sharp”) and Nichia Corporation (head office: Anan City, Tokushima Prefecture; President: Eiji Ogawa; below, “Nichia”) have entered into a patent cross-licensing agreement covering LEDs (light-emitting diodes) and laser diodes.
This cross-licensing agreement grants each other the right to use inventions related to LEDs and laser diodes covered by the vast number of patents owned by the respective companies in Japan and in major countries.
  
LEDs feature long service life and low power consumption, and are increasingly expected to be the strongest candidate for the next generation of lighting devices. At present, LEDs have been adopted mainly for use in backlights for mobile phones and PDAs, but in the future, they are expected to gain acceptance not only for general illumination applications, but also for use in large numbers in the backlights of LCD TVs and for automotive lighting.
  
At the same time, laser diodes have long been the key device used in recording and playback of optical disks such as CDs and DVDs. Today, as HDTV images become increasingly familiar, demand is growing rapidly for blue-violet laser diodes as indispensable devices in recording and playback of terrestrial digital broadcasts, and for Blu-ray Disc recorders and players.
   
Sharp launched development of LEDs in 1968 and began mass production in 1970. In addition, Sharp was the first in the world to begin mass production of infrared laser diodes for CDs in 1982, and in February of this year, initiated mass production of 250-mW, pulsed-output, high-power blue-violet laser diodes, one of the highest levels in the industry.
    
And now, by working toward development of a vertically integrated business model based on these two devices, including LED lighting and Blu-ray Disc recorders, Sharp is aiming to create unique, one-of-a-kind products in the future that feature both devices at their core.
  
By entering into this cross-licensing agreement, Sharp and Nichia will be aiming to create even higher-performance LEDs and laser diodes, enabling the two companies to respond to rapidly expanding market demand.
FEATURED

J Series® 2835 G Class Mid Power LEDs

 J Series® 2835 G Class Mid Power LEDs J Series 2835 G Class LEDs combine high efficacy and superior value in an industry-standard package. Optimized for both horticulture and general illumination applications, these LEDs are valued for their high efficacy and uniform appearance in applications such as downlights, troffers, panels and ... Read more »

FEATURED

Luminus Releases Hospitality COB Series for Hotels and Restaurants

Luminus Releases Hospitality COB Series for Hotels and Restaurants Luminus Devices has announced its new Hospitality COB series featuring high color rendering, precise chromaticity control and Warm CCTs. With LES sizes ranging from 6mm to 22mm, and lumen output from 500 to 5000 lumens, the Luminus Hospitality COB series is the smart choice for beautiful, warm ... Read more »

FEATURED

LUXEON 5050 Offers Advanced Options for the Horticulture Industry

LUXEON 5050 Offers Advanced Options for the Horticulture Industry Lumileds, a global leader in innovative lighting solutions and the originator of the 5050 LED, is again improving LUXEON 5050 Round performance and is characterizing the LED for use in the horticulture industry. For illumination applications, 70 CRI lumen performance increases by as much as 5lm. In ... Read more »

FEATURED

WHITE PAPER: Measuring UVA & Violet LED Light Sources

WHITE PAPER: Measuring UVA & Violet LED Light Sources As the development of new UV LED sources continues at an ever-growing pace, so do the industrial applications that utilize them. UV LEDs are being put to work in various industrial processes, medical applications, and disinfection solutions. Efficient utilization of the UV radiation requires good ... Read more »

page_peel