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28 September 2012

Shuji Nakamura receives Inventor of the Year award from the Silicon Valley Intellectual Property Law Association

Dr. Shuji Nakamura, co-founder of Soraa Inc of Fremont, CA, USA, which develops solid-state lighting technology built on ‘GaN-on-GaN’ (gallium nitride on gallium nitride) substrates, has received the Inventor of the Year Award from The Silicon Valley Intellectual Property Law Association (SVIPLA).

Each year the SVIPLA recognizes an individual who has made an exceptional contribution in the technical arts. Nakamura was selected for his technological innovations, including the development of Soraa's GaN-on-GaN technology.

"Shuji's pioneering work has enabled Soraa to produce the most advanced LED lamps on the market," said Eric Kim, CEO of Soraa. "As we continue to innovate, we are pleased to see our co-founder honored for the work that started it all. For those who have followed his contributions to the industry and to LED technology, this award has special meaning."

Nakamura, who invented high-brightness blue and white LEDs, has filed more than 700 patent applications, and can claim at least 360 authorized invention patents. His development of nitride-based semiconductors, which eventually led to Soraa's "simply perfect" LED lamps is cited by the SVIPLA as "one of the most important achievements in the materials science of semiconductors in the last 30 years."

"I am proud to be recognized by the property law association and I thank them for this. My focus is to create efficient lighting products that do not compromise on performance, offer the highest quality available and greatly reduce energy waste," said Nakamura.

Using the GaN-on-GaN technology developed by Nakamura, Soraa says it produces LEDs that perform better than LEDs that are based on depositing GaN on non-native substrates like silicon or sapphire.

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