Court Finds that E&E and Tachibana Infringed Nichia’s Patent

Nichia reported that on June 15, 2016, the Tokyo District Court found that the importation/sale of Blue LEDs from Everlight Electronics by E&E and Tachibana constituted an infringement of Nichia’s patent.

Specifically, the Tokyo District Court found that the sale of Blue LEDs of Product Type 1254 series manufactured by Everlight infringed Nichia’s Japanese patent No. 3972943. The court ordered Tachibana and E&E to pay monetary damages caused by their alleged infringement to Nichia.

The court also examined whether the sale of Everlight LEDs infringes Nichia’s Japanese patent No. 3786114 (“114 Patent”). However, Nichia says that because of the insufficient evidence for establishing infringement, the court did not conclude that the sale constitutes an infringement of the 114 patent. Nichia says it will appeal this ruling to the Intellectual Property High Court of Japan.

Nichia again concluded its press release saying that it “seeks to protect its patents and other intellectual property rights and takes action against alleged infringements in any country when necessary.”

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