Chinese LED enterprise how to deal with patent war intensified
Source: Date:2018-01-05

Days ago, Nichia media published several patent infringement litigation on LED. It is reported that, in addition to the YAG patent litigation of billion light in California, including two in the U.S. District Court in Dezhou charged LCD TV maker Vizio infringement lawsuit. The surprise is that Nichia uncharacteristically, rather than to the LED chip supplier or supplier to sue, and point to end product manufacturers Vizio. According to the Nichia internal sources, indicating that the intention of the company, is the end product of the LED backlight with no stop chip patent authorization. He added: "we hope that all manufacturers can use LED to use legitimate proprietary LED products." It is understood, although widely used in wafer demand LED backlight applications, has brought considerable amount of shipments to LED manufacturers, but because the chip LED backlight manufacturers have no brand logo, the LED backlight terminal products, even if it is difficult to confirm whether the manufacturers have their own products, not to mention that these chip manufacturers identity. Nichia latest lawsuit: LCD sued the U.S. TV maker Nichia said, has proposed the current patent infringement lawsuit against Vizio, because LED chips used in Vizio and is accused of infringing XI3030 billion light chip fabrication process and high similarity, which finds its counterfeit behavior. In fact, the same court has ruled on January 28, 2016, XI3030 billion light XI3535, 62-217D, 62-257D and 45-21S chip products in violation of the tort case, Nichia U.S. Patent No. 8530250 (patent 250). Undoubtedly, Nichia to end product manufacturers, it is difficult to prove the LED chip supplier is one of the main reasons. But due to the manufacturer to competitors filed a lawsuit to fight to the terminal products manufacturers, this is apparently part of its actively engaged in research and development of innovative enterprises, a kind of "self preservation" means to prevent illegal use of wafer. This, LED Industry Patent Alliance analysts said in an interview with the author, with the LED industry chain continues to mature, the patent will play a leading role in the foreseeable future, patent litigation will also continue to increase, more and more manufacturers to pick up the legal weapons, way to follow the law, to strike the opponent through substantive litigation action and stress licensing negotiations. In her opinion, this event with her Nichia Cree last year in 337 when the survey forecast status very well, you can see that the patent litigation related to LED there will be a walk down trend. "After the lamp out will be more dangerous, the current domestic chip has to go out, because the lamp design and other reasons, the domestic lamp will also increase the pressure to go out." She further explained that the current upstream chip core technology is still largely in the hands of foreign giants, the use of domestic chip products export is very difficult to avoid by giant siege, exports to developed areas, lighting design, use of infringement of chips, are likely to face great risk. This is initiatives taken by Nichia, insiders predict, or will have some impact on the domestic backlight suppliers. At the same time, this situation is also likely to have LED chip patent protection is causing serious consequences, and even increase the cost of the end product. Finally, face the risk of litigation for patent infringement may be caused by the domestic enterprises also have what measures? The LED Patent Alliance analysts put forward some suggestions and Thinking: first, the domestic giant LED enterprise can through overseas mergers and acquisitions to obtain patent rights, but given the way the U.S. government to stop the sale of Lumileds after the blaze, to think will work, how to do to make overseas acquisitions plan goes through, smoothly? Second, domestic enterprises should also strive to HUAWEI development in the communications industry as an example, to increase investment in key areas, blaze a new trail; third, by heating way, the overall response, Dianmianjiege, full back, in order to find the possibility to find a breakthrough.

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