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25 October 2016

Tokyo District Court rules that Tachibana Eletech infringed Nichia's patent by selling Everlight LED products

On 14 October, following a lawsuit filed by Nichia Corp of Tokushima, Japan, the Tokyo District Court has ruled that the importation/sale in Japan by Tachibana Eletech Co Ltd and E&E Japan Co Ltd of the 1254 series and 7344 series blue LEDs made by Taiwan's Everlight Electronics Co Ltd constituted infringement of Nichia's Japanese patent no. 2780618. The court has ordered Tachibana and E&E to pay Nichia monetary damages caused by their infringement.

Separately, on 29 September, Nichia filed a request in the Düsseldorf District Court for a preliminary injunction against Mouser Electronics Inc, alleging that the white LED product 334-15/X1C5-1QSA made by Everlight and distributed by Mouser in Germany infringes Nichia's YAG patent EP 936 682 (DE 697 02 929). The court has now admitted Nichia's arguments that the product infringes claim 1 of Nichia's YAG patent, and has hence granted the preliminary injunction.

Due to the particular urgency, the preliminary injunction was granted ex parte (without the prior hearing of Mouser) and served to Mouser on 7 October. Nichia notes that this is a preliminary measure that can still be remedied by Mouser.

See related items:

Nichia settles patent lawsuit against Hirose's selling of Yadent lights using Everlight white LEDs

Nichia sues Germany-based Everlight subsidiary Zenaro and distributor over YAG patents

Nichia files patent infringement lawsuit against Everlight in Germany

Everlight files patent infringement lawsuit against Nichia in USA

Nichia files patent lawsuit against Everlight's white LED products

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