OSRAM initiates patent infringement litigation against Samsung and LG
Legal actions focus on LED technologies
In these lawsuits OSRAM stresses that Samsung and LG group companies infringe its patents on white and surface mountable LEDs in the US, Germany and, as far as LG is concerned, in Japan and China. OSRAM intends to prevent unauthorized use of its technology and seeks orders from the courts to prevent Samsung and LG from importing and selling infringing LEDs and products containing these LEDs, such as LED-backlit TV sets and computer monitors. In addition, OSRAM is applying for compensation.
The legal actions focus on LEDs using technologies protected by OSRAM patents. These technologies relate to the electrical and thermal connection structure as well as to conversion technology, which is used, inter alia, to convert the blue light of the LED chip into white light. Typical applications of such white LEDs include, for instance, display backlighting for TV sets and monitors.
By taking royalty-bearing licenses, a variety of prominent companies around the world has recognized the value of the OSRAM patents on conversion technology.
"Our objective in taking legal actions against Samsung and LG group companies is to prevent unauthorized use of our valuable technology," stated Aldo Kamper, CEO of OSRAM Opto Semiconductors. "We have a considerable number of patents which we developed in the course of many years of intensive research and development work. Major competitors such as Philips/Lumileds, Cree, and Nichia have acknowledged our strong IP position by entering into cross-license agreements with OSRAM", explained Kamper.
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OSRAM (Munich) belongs to the Industry Sector of Siemens and is one of the two leading light manufacturers in the world. In the 2010 financial year, it achieved a turnover of €4.7 billion. OSRAM is a high-tech company in the lighting sector and 70 percent of sales come from energy-efficient products. The company, which is very much internationally oriented, has more than 40,000 employees worldwide, supplying customers in around 150 countries worldwide (30 September). www.osram.com