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9 January 2007


Judge's Initial Determination favours Philips Lumileds in patent infringement battle

Philips Lumileds of San Jose, CA, USA says it has been granted a favourable ruling from the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) of the United States International Trade Commission concerning its patent infringement lawsuit against Taiwan’s Epistar Corporation.

According to the company, ALJ Sydney Harris issued an Initial Determination that “Philips Lumileds’ United States Patent No. 5,008,718 (“718 Patent”); Patent No. 5,376,580; and Patent No. 5,502,316 are valid and enforceable, and that Epistar’s metal bond (MB) and MB II products infringe the 718 Patent.” The judge also ruled that none of the accused products are licensed under Philips Lumileds’ asserted patents.

Philips Lumileds adds that such an infringement means “Epistar is violating section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930 by importing its MB LEDs into the United States, selling them for importation, and/or selling them in the United States after importation.” Therefore, the company seeks permanent limited exclusion orders to prohibit importation and sale of these LEDs and products containing them into the United States.

The company has also filed a complaint against UEC and Epistar in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California for infringement of the same patents, and seeks an injunction against future infringement, and damages.

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