Earlier this month Nichia
and Seoul Semiconductor
(Seoul), whose bitter LED patent battles spanned courts and administrative bodies across three continents, announced
that they have resolved almost all of their litigation. The parties will enter a cross-licensing agreement covering their LED and laser diode technology.
The disputes included patent infringement claims involving utility and design patents, false advertising and defamation claims, as well as claims of anti-competitive conduct. The suits raged in Europe, Japan, Korea and Germany, as well as multiple U.S. jurisdictions, including Texas, California, Michigan and the International Trade Commission.
Some of the...