27 May 2010


Nichia settles US patent lawsuit against Jiawei

Last week, Japanese LED maker Nichia Corp said that it had amicably resolved its differences with the defendants of a lawsuit that it had filed last November in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas against China’s Shenzhen Jiawei Industries Co Ltd, Hong Kong’s Jiawei Technology (HK) Ltd and Canada’s Jiawei North America Inc.

Nichia claimed that certain white LED-application products marketed by the firms contained white LEDs purchased from MLS Electronics Co Ltd of Zhongshan, China that infringed three of its patents covering white LEDs (US Patents. 5,998,925, 7,026,756 and 7,531,960) as well as a patent covering LED chips (US Patent 6,870,191). In the lawsuit, Nichia sought damages and an injunction against further infringement.

Now, under the settlement, Jiawei has agreed to pay part of Nichia’s legal fees and to also enter into a business arrangement.

Nichia comments that it will continue to seek to protect its patents and other intellectual property rights and takes actions against infringers in any country where appropriate and necessary.

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