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Electronics Production | January 17, 2008

Seoul Semiconductor filed a defamation lawsuit against Nichia

Seoul Semiconductor has filed a defamation lawsuit against Nichia Corporation for Nichia’s false statements about N.D. Cal Case (“Design Case”) with Central District Court in Seoul, Korea.

Seoul Semiconductor’s suit against Nichia, filed on January 7, 2008, seeks compensation for damages for defamation in the amount of 0.5 billion Korean won (approximately US$531,000). The product, which Nichia has insisted in the US design patent lawsuit that is infringing on its patents is limited to the model number 902. The model number 902 is one of side view LEDs at 0.7 mm of thickness for backlights for LCDs of mobile phones, etc. The discontinuation of the product has already been announced to the public. Seoul Semiconductor has endured, thus far, Nichia’s false and misrepresenting statement and libel, which are not the very heart of the patent issue. Seoul Semiconductor has finally concluded that the only way to deter on-going false statements from Nichia and to uphold the truth is to file a lawsuit, which would show Seoul Semiconductor’s firm resolution. Last year Seoul Semiconductor sent a courtesy letter to give Nichia an opportunity to correct the false statements. However, instead of correcting its wrongful activities, Nichia replied by filing a defamation lawsuit against Seoul Semiconductor on December 28, 2007. Nichia, at the beginning, claimed the payment of damages for the amount of millions of dollars in the US design patent lawsuit.
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