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Sharp and Osram Enter into LED and Laser Diode Patent Cross-Licensing Agreement
LIGHTimes News Staff

August 26, 2013...Sharp Corporation of Osaka Japan and Osram GmbH of Munich, Germany have entered into a patent cross-licensing agreement covering LEDs and laser diodes. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed, and the specific patents covered were also not revealed. The cross-licensing agreement grants each company the right to use inventions related to LEDs and laser diodes covered by the patents around the world, which the respective companies own. Sharp and Osram expect that the agreement will invigorate their Research and development and contribute to further advances in LEDs, laser diodes, and related industries.

Sharp is by no means a new entrant into the LED market. Sharp began mass-production of LEDs in 1970 and claims the world's first production of infrared laser diodes for CDs in 1982. Sharp reportedly built up these LED and laser diode technologies over the years. In addition the Sharp says it has recently come out with numerous unique devices, including a high-efficiency, high-brightness 100 W-class LED for lighting, and a red laser diode that can be used as a light source for displays.

Siemens Looks to Spin Off Osram Instead of IPO

July 30, 2012...Instead of a previously talked about IPO for Osram, Siemens announced plans to spin off the company. Osram ram includes: Osram Opto Semiconductors, the optoelectronics subsidiary of Osram, that manufactures optoelectronic semiconductor components including LEDs and high power laser diodes. The new plans came after the company missed analyst estimates of Euro 1.32 billion, due to an accounting charge relating to Osram. Also Siemens reported that new orders were down 23 percent in Q3 2012 compared to Q3 of last year.

Siemens CEO Peter Loscher said, “Since market conditions continue to be volatile for an IPO, we have decided to pursue a spin-off to our shareholders as the most probable part of divestiture.” Loscher noted that demand from China was slowing and said he doesn't expect recovery until 2013 or later.
“Our focus above all is on increasing our productivity and efficiency,” he added.

ISCAS to Receive Aixtron MOCVD Systems for Electronics and Red LEDs
CompoundSemi News Staff

February 21, 2011...Aixtron SE reports that it has received a new order for MOCVD reactors from existing customer, the Institute of Semiconductors Chinese Academy of Sciences (ISCAS) in Beijing. The orders is comprised of one AIX 200/4 in the 3x2-inch wafer configuration and one AIX 2600G3 IC in the 8x3-inch wafer configuration. The institute placed the order during the third quarter of 2010. The systems delivered in the second quarter of 2011, will be used for production of electronic devices and red LEDs. The local Aixtron support team will commission the new reactors in a dedicated facility.

A ISCAS spokesperson commented, “This is a repeat order for us and over half a decade we have formed a good long-term relationship with the Aixtron group. We are convinced that these Aixtron systems will help us to achieve a very high standard of results for R&D in these key technology areas. We have been impressed in initial trials how effectively and easy it has been to scale up device processes from our existing deposition systems to the new Aixtron systems."

Sharp and Toyoda Gosei enter into LED and Laser Diode Patent Cross-Licensing Agreement
LIGHTimes News Staff

December 31, 2009...Sharp Corporation and Toyoda Gosei, both of Japan, have entered into a patent cross-licensing agreement covering LEDs and laser diodes. Under the terms of the cross-licensing agreement, Sharp says the research and development by the two companies will be enhanced, thus contributing to the development of the ever-growing LED industry. Sharp hopes to create even more advanced LEDs and laser diodes to respond to market demand. Sharp Corporation News Release

Mitsubishi Corp. Reaches Settlement with Professor Gertrude Neumark Rothschild in Patent Dispute
LIGHTimes News Staff

November 5, 2009...Professor Gertrude Neumark Rothschild has reportedly reached a settlement with Mitsubishi Corp. regarding her assertion that the company and dozens of other major electronics manufacturers in Asia and Europe violated her patents for producing LEDs and laser diodes in products.

Mitsubishi is only the latest in a long list of companies to settle with Rothschild, a professor emeritus at Columbia University. Others who have settled include BenQ, Dalien Lumei, Epistar Corp., FOREPI, Guangzhou Hongli, Hitachi, Hugo Optotech, LG, Motorola, Pioneer Corp., Samsung Electro Mechanics, Samsung Electronics, Sanyo Electric, Sewa Electric, Sharp Corp., Shenzhen Unilight, Showa Denko, Sony Corp., and Sony Ericcson. Earlier settlements were made with Nichia Chemical and Koninklijke Philips Electronics, which included Philips Lumilid Lighting Co. and Toyoda Gosei Co. Ltd.(Ref: Previous Articles and News Releases), Troutman Sanders LLP. News Release LIGHTimes SecondPage members login for more. Guests can view membership details.

Chinese Academy of Sciences orders Aixtron MOCVD tool for lasers and LEDs
CompoundSemi News Staff

June 2, 2009...The Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing has ordered Aixtron's Close Coupled Showerhead (CCS) 3x2 inch MOCVD system in the first quarter. According to Aixtron, the MOCVD tool will be shipped in third quarter 2009. The the new tool will reportedly be used for the research and development of semiconductor lasers and LEDs.

Prof. Zhu Hong Liang, Project Leader within the Key Laboratory of Semiconductor Materials Science, commented, "The Institute has focussed on optoelectronic device development for some years now. Having the world-class standard Aixtron MOCVD system in our hands we have the means to undertake a complete materials development program. Aixtron’s MOCVD equipment is well-known for its reliability and its straightforward operation. After a comparison with other suppliers we decided to buy the tool from Aixtron because of its superior quality and excellent performance." Aixtron News Release

Rothschild Files New LED patent complaint with ITC Against firms in Taiwan and China
LiGHTimes Staff

March 10, 2009...In late February, Gertrude Neumark Rothschild, professor emerita of Materials Science and Engineering at Columbia University in New York, filed a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission requesting an investigation against Xiamen Sanan Optoelectronics Technology Co Ltd. of China and Taiwan's Chi Mei Lighting Technology Corp, Tekcore Co Ltd, Toyolite Technologies Corp, Tyntek Corp, and Visual Photonics Epitaxy Co Ltd. The complaint alleges that the companies infringed upon Rothschild's U.S. patent no. 5,252,499 for short wavelength LEDs and laser diodes. LIGHTimes SecondPage members login for more. Guests can view membership details.

Nichia and Seoul Semiconductor End Disputes and Agree to Cross License Patents
LIGHTimes Staff

February 2, 2009...Nichia and Seoul Semiconductor have brought an end to nearly three years of legal battles between the two companies. Nichia and Seoul Semiconductor jointly announced that the companies have settled their patent litigation and other legal disputes pending in the United States, Germany, Japan, the United Kingdom, and Korea. They have entered into a patent cross licensing agreement covering their respective LED and laser diode technologies. The licensing will reportedly permit the companies to access all of each other's patented technologies.

Under the terms of the settlement, all litigations (including the patent and other legal disputes in the various countries) will be terminated as promptly as possible by mutual withdrawals, with the exception of litigation in Germany involving patent DE 691-07-630 T2 of EP 0-437-385 B1. In Germany, the litigation involving patent DE 691-07-630 T2 of EP 0-437-385 B1 will reportedly be resolved following a February 2009 hearing. Seoul Semiconductor (SSC) says that it now sees its patent portfolio stabilized and as an equivalent to Nichia's. SSC contends that the agreement will allow customers to purchase its products with confidence in the IP that is backing them up. Also SSC says that the settlement puts them in a stronger position with respect to IP actions directed at them or that they are initiating against other companies. SSC warns that it is planning to take stronger action against AC-LED manufacturers that they feel are infringing upon their 200+ related patents. LIGHTimes SecondPage members login for more. Guests can view membership details.

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