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IP, Reports & Roadmaps | Apr 10, 2008

Seoul Semiconductor Signs License Agreement with Professor Neumark Rothschild

Seoul Semiconductor, one of the world’s leading LED manufacturers, signed a license agreement with Professor Gertrude Neumark Rothschild of the United States in early April 2008. Professor Neumark Rothschild, formerly with Columbia University, filed a complaint in the United States International Trade Commission (US ITC) against 34 companies on February 19, 2008.

“With the license agreement, Seoul Semiconductor is able to provide unrestrictive sales of LED products in the U.S. market, providing further assurance to our vendors and customers,” according to a spokesperson for Seoul Semiconductor.

The spokesperson further added that “Seoul Semiconductor is a strong proponent of protecting its intellectual property rights and respects the intellectual property right of other companies. This is evidenced by our recent successes in protecting our IP rights in number of lawsuits in Korea and by us signing a patent license agreement with Itswell Co., Ltd. just last month.”

Seoul Semiconductor has continued to invest in research and developments to strengthen its patent portfolio for the past 15 years, and currently, Seoul Semiconductor possesses approximately 2,000 LED-related patents worldwide. In addition, Seoul Semiconductor has signed numerous license agreements and strategic partnership with universities, laboratories and companies in the LED industry.

About Seoul Semiconductor:
Seoul Semiconductor, the world’s leading LED manufacturer, has been named to Forbes and BusinessWeek’s lists as one of the most promising Asian companies. Its product, Acriche, was named as "Product of the Year 2006" by Elektronik, one of the most prestigious electronics magazines in Europe. 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 source, Acriche, High-brightness Power, Side View, Top, Chip, Lamp and 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 US$290 million in sales in 2007. It has 1,443 patents and 264 licenses as of December 2007. Seoul Semiconductor has 25 branches including 3 overseas corporate offices. Its products are also represented worldwide by more than 90 distributors.

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