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ITC Denies Epistar's
Motion to Stay Exclusion Order

Philips Lumileds Lighting Company Press Release FlashlightNews.org - 8/30/2007

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Epistar Unable to Show Likelihood of Success on Its Appeal of ITC's Exclusion Order


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SAN JOSE, Ca. - The United States International Trade Commission (ITC) has denied Epistar's motion to stay the ITC's Exclusion Order barring importation of Epistar's OMA, MB and GB LEDs. After the ITC ruled that Epistar's current AlInGaP LEDs infringe Philips Lumileds' patent rights and issued an exclusion order banning importation of those LEDs, Epistar filed motions before both the ITC and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit to stay enforcement of the exclusion order. The ITC has denied Epistar's motion.

In its Opinion, the ITC ruled that "Epistar has not made a showing of likelihood of success on the merits" of its appeal of the decision to issue an exclusion order. In making this ruling, the ITC admonished Epistar for relying "on quotes from the (Administrative Law Judge) ALJ that are presented out of order and without context in an attempt to convey a meaning that is in contrast with that actually expressed by the ALJ," who made the initial determination in the investigation. The ITC also noted Epistar's "tardy arguments made in circumvention of the Commission's rules." The Commission opinion concluded that "we properly considered and ruled on all issues raised by Epistar in its stay motion, and a substantial factual record, along with Federal Circuit precedent, supports our determinations."

This ruling should clear the way for the Federal Circuit to deny Epistar's other motion to stay, leading to enforcement of the Exclusion Order barring importation of the infringing products.

About Philips Lumileds Lighting Company

Philips Lumileds Lighting Company pioneered power LED technology and is the world's leading provider of power LEDs for everyday lighting applications. The company's recent records for light output, efficacy and thermal management are direct results of the ongoing commitment to advancing solid-state lighting technology and enabling lighting solutions that are more environmentally friendly, help reduce CO2 emissions and reduce the need for power plant expansion. Philips Lumileds' LUXEON LEDs are enabling never before possible applications in the automotive, camera flash, display, general lighting, and signage markets.

More information about the company's products and technologies can be found at www.philipslumileds.com.























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