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Nichia Granted $2.4 Million in Damages
by Taiwan Court

Award stems from design patent infringement lawsuit between Nichia and Everlight Electronic Co., Ltd.

Nichia Corporation Press Release - 8/19/2009

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TOKUSHIMA, Japan - In the design patent infringement lawsuit between Nichia and Everlight Electronic Co., Ltd. (Everlight), one of the largest LED packaging manufacturers in Taiwan, Taiwan High Court, on 29 July 2009, rendered its decision, rejecting an appeal filed by Everlight and upholding the original decision in its entirety. (April 26, 2006 press release, October 17, 2007 press release)

In the original decision, Taiwan Banchiao District Court had found that the LED products (99-215UWC/TR8, 99-115UWC/XXX/TR8 and 99-115UTC/710/TR8) supplied by Everlight infringe Nichia's design patent (Taiwanese Design Patent No. 089036) and ordered Everlight to pay a damage compensation of NT$80 million (about US$2.4 million).

The above High Court decision has evidenced the justifiability of Nichia's action for patent enforcement.

Nichia will continue taking proper measures over the world so as to protect and ensure its intellectual property rights.

About Nichia Corporation

We, human beings, live in the cycle of nature by which we all eventually return to the earth. However, many of the "things" produced and used by human beings will remain on Earth as debris and wastes in the forms of gases, liquids, and solids. The repetition of this cycle will gradually turn our mother Earth into a waste land on which no further life would be able to exist.

Nichia places a high value on environmental responsibility. Under this unified corporate philosophy, all Nichia group members are striving towards "Monotukuri" (Creation and development of fine and elaborate products) for superior performance, extended life and ever increasing reliability.

In the pursuit of these activities, Nichia Corporation and its group members fulfill their pledge to be a valued corporate citizen in the communities where we all exist.

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