Everlight Electronics lose lawsuit with Nichia YAG. Beijing First Intermediate People’s Court Rules Nichia YAG Patents (ZL97196762.8, ZL03159595.2) Valid. Everlight Electronics’ appeal was rejected.
Japanese LED manufacturer Nichia announced recently, it had received the court verdict from the Beijing First Intermediate People’s Court pertaining to the decision by the State Intellectual Property Office’s Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences that Nichia’s two YAG patents (ZL97196762.8, ZL03159595.2) were valid. Taiwan LED manufacturer Everlight rejected the decision and had appealed to the Beijing First Intermediate People’s Court to overturn the ruling. In the verdict issued by the court, Everlight’s appeal was rejected, and the court upheld Nichia’s two YAG patents validity.
Nichia is a Japanese chemical engineering and manufacturing company, headquartered in Tokushima, Japan with global subsidiaries, that specializes in the manufacturing and distribution of phosphors, including light-emitting diodes (LEDs), laser diodes, battery materials, and calcium chloride. The Nichia Corporation comprises two divisions-Division 1, responsible for phosphors and other chemicals, and Division 2, responsible for LEDs. Headquartered in Tokushima, Japan, Nichia is the world’s largest supplier of LEDs. It designs, manufactures, and markets LEDs for display, LCD backlighting, automotive and general lighting applications with the broadest product portfolio across the entire visible spectrum. With 6,600 employees and multiple subsidiaries worldwide, Nichia achieved sales of approximately US$2.3 billion in 2007.
About Everlight Electronics
Everlight Electronics Co. Ltd. is a Taiwanese company which manufactures light-emitting diodes (LEDs). It is the world’s seventh largest LED manufacturer. Its headquarters are in the city of Taipei.
Everlight Electronics was founded in 1983 by Robert Yeh, initially making indicator lights for home appliances. By 2006, Everlight was Taiwan’s largest manufacturer of light-emitting diodes (LEDs), producing 1.850 Billion units every month, and employing 4,000 people. In 2007, 40% of Everlight’s revenue was derived from LEDs used for backlighting of mobile phones, and it also began to expand into backlight LEDs for laptop computers and televisions.