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Nichia Brings US Patent Lawsuit
Against Seoul Semiconductor

The accused SSC's products are SSC's LED products including Acriche products

Nichia Corporation Press Release

FlashlightNews.org - 8/20/2008
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Seoul Semiconductor LED

Seoul Semiconductor LED

TOKYO, Japan - Nichia Corporation ("Nichia") announced today that it filed a patent infringement suit on August 18, 2008, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan against Seoul Semiconductor Co. Ltd. ("SSC"), a Korean company, its U.S. subsidiary, Seoul Semiconductor, Inc. and its U.S. distributor, Avnet, Inc, seeking an injunction from future infringements and an award of damages.

The accused SSC's products are SSC's LED products including Acriche products. Nichia alleges that LEDs incorporated in SSC's LED products such as Acriche products infringe upon Nichia's U.S. Patent No. 6,870,191.

Nichia has also filed infringement lawsuits in the U.S., Japan, Korea, the U.K and Germany against Seoul Semiconductor and/or its subsidiaries for injunctive relief and compensation for damages, which are all currently pending:

The U.S. lawsuit for design patent infringement of side-view white LEDs - (The jury affirmed Seoul Semiconductor's willful infringement of Nichia design patents)

The,1st Japanese lawsuit for patent infringement of white power LEDs and the 2nd Japanese lawsuit for patent infringement of chip-type white LEDs.

The 1st Korean lawsuit for patent infringement of chip-type white LEDs and the 2nd Korean lawsuit for patent infringement of white power LEDs.

The U.K. lawsuit for patent infringement of Acriche Series White LEDs

The German lawsuit patent infringement of Acriche Series White LEDs.

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.

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