Electronics Production | March 25, 2008

30 LED-manufacturers are being sued

An American professor has filed a law-suit against 30 of the biggest electronics manufacturers for violation of patent rights.
Gertrude Neumark Rothschild of Columbia University is an expert in the field of LED-technology. She has now filed a suit against 30 manufacturers for the violation of patent rights. This regards a patent, issued in 1993, about the usage of gallium nitrite in the production of blue/purple LED and laser diodes. According to IDG will the market for such diodes reach about US$ 7.2 billion in 2009. Ms Neumark Rothschild has already sued Philips on a previous occasion, but both agreed to an out-of-court settlement.

A list of companies that are being sued:
Avago Technologies of Singapore
Bacol Optoelectonic Co. Ltd. of Taiwan
Dominant Semiconductors Sdn. Bhd. of Malaysia
Everlight Electronics Co., Ltd., of Taiwan
Exceed Perseverance Electronic Ind. Co., Ltd., of China
Guangzhou Hongli Opto-Electronic Co., Ltd., of China
Harvatek Internaional Inc. of Taiwan
Hitachi, Ltd., of Japan
Kingbright Electronic Co., Ltd., of Taiwan
LG Electronics of Korea
Lite-On Technology Corp. of Taiwan
Lucky Light Electronics Co., Ltd., of China
Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd., of Japan
Motorola, Inc., of Schaumburg, IL
Nokia of Finland
Opto Tech Corporation of Taiwan
Pioneer Corporation of Japan
Rohm Co., Ltd., of Japan
Samsung Group of Korea
Sanyo Electric Co., Ltd., of Japan
Seoul Semiconductor Co., Ltd., of Korea
Sharp Corporation of Japan
Shenzhen Unilight Electronic Co., Ltd., of China
Shinano Kenshi Co., Ltd., of Japan
Sony Corporation of Japan
Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications AB of Sweden
Stanley Electric Co., Ltd., of Japan
Toshiba Corporation of Japan
Vishay Intertechnology, Inc., of Malvern, PA
Yellow Stone Corporation of Taiwan
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