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Nichia Seeks Provisional Injunction Against Distributor

Nichia Corporation Press Release - 4/04/2007

Company is seeking to enjoin Sterling Inc. from infringing Nichia’s patent.

Nichia Corporation

Nichia Corporation

TOKUSHIMA, Japan. - Nichia Corporation announced today that it had filed a provisional injunction action in Tokyo District Court, seeking to enjoin Sterling Inc. from infringing Nichia's patent.

Nichia warned Sterling and conducted negotiations several times, about their possible infringement of Nichia’s patents due to the white LEDs which is a combination of a blue LED chip having a single wire structure and a yellow phosphor manufactured by COTCO International Ltd. in Hong Kong, China and installed in “4505 LED Palm Radio Light” that are imported and marketed by Sterling. However, Nichia’s intellectual property rights have been hardly respected. Therefore, Nichia had filed the provisional injunction action alleging the white LEDs used in the products such as “Radio Light” sold by Sterling infringe Nichia’s patent No. 3065263, and seeking Sterling to cease the infringing activities.

Nichia will continue to identify infringing LED application products in the market. Nichia hopes to contribute to the growth of a fair market where intellectual property is valued, and will take necessary measure against any companies who infringe Nichia’s intellectual property rights in any part of the world.

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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