Korean Patent Office (KIPO) Declares Everlight Patent Valid and Dismisses Seoul Semiconductor’s Patent Invalidity Lawsuit

Everlight Electronics Industry Co., Ltd. of Taiwan reported that that the South Korean Patent Office (KIPO) on April 5, 2018 ruled that Everlight’s patent was valid and also threw out a patent invalidity lawsuit that Seoul Semiconductor filed against Everlight’s South Korean patent KR768539.

Everlight noted that it previously filed patent infringement lawsuits in the German Mannheim District Court on May 4, 2017 and July 3, 2017, the first was against Seoul Semiconductor and the second was against its distributor Neumüller Elektronik GmbH (Neumüller). The lawsuits alleged infringement of Everlight’s patented technology and asked the court to ban the sale, production, importing, and exporting of infringing products.

Everlight also asked the court to order Seoul Semiconductor and Neumüller to recycle, destroy inventory and compensate the company for damages. According to the press release, Everlight believes it will win in the patent lawsuit against Seoul Semiconductor and its distributor Neumüller Elektronik GmbH in German Mannheim District Court.

Everlight points out that it holds patents in countries including the United States, China, Japan, Europe, and Taiwan, and that these international patents cover technologies for high, medium, and low power LED products, which can be used for lighting, backlighting, and automotive applications.

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