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10 August 2007


Christmas is coming: litigious Nichia settles differences with Argos

Japan’s Nichia Corporation has resolved a patent dispute that began with a lawsuit launched last November against UK-based retailer, Argos Ltd. Nichia issued patent infringement proceedings (HC-06C03955) in the London High Court, relating to the sale by Argos of certain white LED Christmas lights, and claimed for damages and a permanent injunction from future infringement.

According to Nichia, the lights marketed by Argos and purchased from third-party Asian manufacturers infringed its European patents (UK) EP 0952 617, EP 0622 858 and EP 0936 682.

Nichia now says that the issue has been resolved amicably, and as part of the resolution (without any admissions) Argos and Homebase have made a payment to Nichia. The retailers have also agreed to enter into a business arrangement with Nichia.

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