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Nichia Files Defamation
Lawsuit Against Seoul Semi

Nichia Corporation Press Release FlashlightNews.org - 12/31/2007

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Nichia says reputation damaged by false statements to the press in connection with design infringement lawsuit


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TOKUSHIMA, Japan - Nichia Corporation announced today that it filed a lawsuit in the Seoul Central District Court seeking compensation for damages for defamation against Seoul Semiconductor Co., Ltd. (“Seoul Semiconductor”).

The lawsuit is based upon Nichia’s judgment that Seoul Semiconductor damaged Nichia’s reputation by distributing false statements to the press in connection with the jury verdict in the design infringement lawsuit that was filed by Nichia in the United States District Court, Northern District of California, (the “Court”) against Seoul Semiconductor in January, 2006.

On November 8, 2007, the jury rendered a verdict in the above lawsuit, stating that Seoul Semiconductor had willfully infringed the 4 U.S. design rights held by Nichia. Nichia anticipates that the Court will enter a judgment around January, 2008, based upon the verdict.

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Nichia believes that Seoul Semiconductor posted false statements on its home page, which states that ‘Seoul Semiconductor has substantially prevailed in the litigation’ and the products at issue are ’actually non-infringing’, and distributed press releases with the same contents as the above.

In this connection, Nichia filed a defamation lawsuit against Seoul Semiconductor for the payment of damages in the amount of KRW 500,000,000 (JPY about 60,000,000) and for remedies necessary for the restoration of its reputation.

About Nichia Corporation

Having "Ever Researching for a Brighter World" as our motto, Nichia has grown in the field of manufacturing and sales of fine chemicals, particularly inorganic luminescent materials (phosphors). In the process of the challenging pursuit of brighter luminescent and light-emitting materials, we succeeded in developing and commercializing the super high brightness Blue LED in 1993. It was accepted with great amazement in the related industries throughout the world. Since the first announcement of the Blue LED in 1993, Nitride-based LEDs in different emission colors ranging from Ultraviolet to Yellow have been contributing to the diversification of LED application fields. In addition to LEDs, a lot of resources are now being focused on the R/D of bluish purple laser diodes, which will definitely play a key role for the further expansion of the information media industry. We have a belief that Nitride-based semiconductors will become one of the most exciting areas of the semiconductor industry in the near future. We hope that Nichia continue to be a company which will be able to make a contribution to the world by evolving its original and unique technologies into the actual manufacturing.

For more information, please visit www.nichia.com.