Seoul Semiconductor Sues Big-Box TV Retailer for Infringement of 15 LED Patents in U.S. Court
Seoul Semiconductor (KOSDAQ:046890), a leading global innovator of LED products and technology, announced that it has filed a patent infringement lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, together with its affiliate, Seoul Viosys Co., Ltd. (collectively “Seoul”), against Fry’s Electronics (“Fry’s”), a retail company of consumer electronics. The patent litigation concerns Fry’s sales of various LED television products.
This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20180904005182/en/
Seoul Semiconductor's Key Patented Technologies for TV Backlight (Graphic: Business Wire)
Fry’s is one of the largest big-box retailer of consumer electronics in the United States. It has 17 mega-stores in California and 14,000 employees. Fry’s currently offers more than 300 LED television models featuring twenty-five different global TV brands.
In its complaint, Seoul asserts that certain LED TV products in Fry’s stores infringe 15 of Seoul’s LED patents that relate to manufacturing processes for LED backlight units. Seoul’s patented technologies cover LED TV backlight unit structures, LED backlight lenses for providing uniform illumination of LED lights, UCD technology for high color gamut displays, LED packaging, LED chip fabrication, and LED epitaxy. These are significant technologies to improve the color, brightness, and duration time of all LCD light sources such as smartphones, laptops, tablet PCs and monitors as well as TVs.
In particular, optical lens technology for offering uniform light distribution on TV or monitor displays is one of the most significant LED backlight technologies that Seoul has developed since the earliest days of LCD backlights.
In order to protect that patented technology, Seoul actively enforces its patent rights against suspected-infringers. For example, in 2016, Seoul prevailed in U.S. federal court against Japanese lens maker, Enplas, with a judgment finding that Enplas willfully infringed one of Seoul’s LED backlight lens patents, as well as one of Seoul’s LED backlight system patents. Over the past few years, Seoul has also pursued patent litigation for infringement of LED backlight lens and other components patents against North America TV maker Craig Electronics and Curtis International and successfully obtained patent royalties from both companies.
UCD technology (KSF) is another of Seoul's core LED backlight technologies that enables significant improvement of color gamut of LCD displays such as TVs and smartphones, which has been co-developed with a Japanese corporation for a long time. By enabling green and red light generated with KSF phosphors, UCD technology delivers 92-93% NTSC, which is higher than that of OLED.
Prior to the filing of its most recent litigation, Seoul delivered notices of patent infringement to various global TV brand makers, as well as their suppliers who manufacture TV modules or TV sets in various regions of Asia, including China and Taiwan, through OEM or ODM. Seoul advised these TV makers and manufacturers that they needed to stop using LEDs and/or other components that likely infringe Seoul’s LED backlight lens and UCD technology patents.
“For young entrepreneur and small business entities to develop innovative products under fair competition culture, it is necessary for market participants to respect other companies’ intellectual property rights,” said Sam Ryu, Seoul’s Vice President of IT Business. “To prevent distribution of suspected-infringing products, we are thoroughly investigating various global TV brand products that may infringe our patents. If these companies continue to use products that are suspected of infringement, despite our requests to stop, we will take all the necessary legal actions to the end.”
About Seoul Semiconductor
Seoul Semiconductor develops and commercializes LEDs for automotive, general illumination, specialty lighting, and backlighting markets. As the fourth-largest LED manufacturer globally, Seoul Semiconductor holds more than 12,000 patents, offers a wide range of technologies, and products such as SunLike – delivering the world’s best light quality in a next-generation LED enabling human-centric lighting optimized for circadian rhythms; WICOP – a simpler structured package-free LED which provides market leading color uniformity and cost savings at the fixture level, providing high lumen density and design flexibility; NanoDriver Series – the world’s smallest 24W DC LED drivers; Acrich, the world's first high-voltage AC-driven LED technology developed in 2005, including all AC LED-related technologies from chip to module and circuit fabrication, as well as multi-junction technology (MJT); and nPola, a new LED product based on GaN-substrate technology that achieves more than ten times the output of conventional LEDs. UCD constitutes a high color gamut display which delivers more than 90% NTSC.
Seoul Semiconductor Inc.
Jeonghee Kim, +82-70-4391-8311
Om Business Wire
(c) 2018 Business Wire, Inc., All rights reserved.
Business Wire, a Berkshire Hathaway company, is the global leader in multiplatform press release distribution.
Følg saker fra Business Wire
Registrer deg med din epostadresse under for å få de nyeste sakene fra Business Wire på epost fortløpende. Du kan melde deg av når som helst.
Siste saker fra Business Wire
L4MS Launches Its First Open Call for Cross-Border Application Experiments20.9.2018 10:30 | Pressemelding
The European Project L4MS (Logistics for Manufacturing SME’s) is looking for European manufacturing SME’s and mid-caps to develop new, innovative solutions to boost their factory-floor logistic. As a Factories of the Future (FoF) project participating in I4MS (ICT for Manufacturing SMEs) and with the support of the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, the aim of L4MS project is to reduce the installation cost and time of mobile robots by a factor of 10. It will enable inexpensive deployment of small and flexible logistics solutions requiring no infrastructure change, no production downtime and no in-house expertise. In addition to equity-free funding, the companies will receive extensive technological support from the L4MS network. The best applicants with highest innovation potential will get access to: Matchmaking with system integrators and mobile robots manufactures, funding up to €250,000, state-of-the-art test environment within your region, mentoring
Uphold Makes Cred’s LBA Tokens Available For Purchase in 170+ Countries20.9.2018 10:00 | Pressemelding
Uphold, the global digital money platform that has powered more than $3.5 billion in transactions across 184 countries, and Cred, the leader in crypto-backed credit, today announced the next step in their commercial relationship which will allow Uphold users access to LBA tokens on the Uphold platform. “Cred has secured more lending capital than any other lending company in the space by orders of magnitude,” said JP Thieriot, CEO of Uphold. “Our ability to offer Cred’s LBA token is another important milestone for our members since Cred is one of the fastest growing lending ecosystems in the crypto community. Uphold members will have access to fiat loans at a lower cost via the LBA token. Cred’s lending services can also provide a financial lifeline to the many ICO companies that have raised a significant amount of ETH and BTC and would like to receive a USD loan to diversify their balance sheets and avoid having to sell at diminished prices.” Cred and Uphold will offer two special arra
Ant Financial Launches Ant Financial Technology Brand with Full Suite of Technology Products and Services to Support Growth of Financial Institutions20.9.2018 09:43 | Pressemelding
Ant Financial Services Group (“Ant Financial” or “the Company”) today announced that the Company would open up a full suite of technology products and services under a new brand, Ant Financial Technology, to support the growth of financial institutions by improving user experience and lowering costs. This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20180920005319/en/ Ant Financial launches Ant Financial Technology, a new brand supporting the growth of financial institutions, at ATEC 2018 in Hangzhou, China. (Photo: Business Wire) Announcing the launch of the Ant Financial Technology brand at the 2018 Ant Technology Exploration Conference (ATEC) in Hangzhou, Xi HU, Deputy CTO of Ant Financial said, “Since our establishment in 2014, Ant Financial has focused on developing cutting edge technologies to enable inclusive finance. We are pleased that our technology products and services have already been used to improve efficiency and
Invengo Releases Latest Version of Its ACUITY Digital Platform for Linen Inventory Management20.9.2018 08:00 | Pressemelding
Invengo today announced hot new improvements to its ACUITY digital platform, underscoring its commitment to help laundry groups, hotels and healthcare facilities take full control over their linen inventories, anywhere and at any time. This new milestone release is a significant leap forward from its previous version, taking linen professionals one step further with 100% automatic real-time linen stock visibility, enabling stock levels optimization and availability through cloud-based reporting, dashboards and data analysis. This latest version of ACUITY provides a superior full cloud-based, software-as-a-service (SaaS) offering for companies seeking a plug-and-play solution, significantly reducing total cost of ownership, technical complexity, and setup time, while providing users with instant access to their linen management platform through a web browser on any device. This eliminates the hassle of hosting and maintaining their own server and dealing with software updates while enjo
Alibaba Announces Smart Mobility Initiatives with Partners20.9.2018 07:17 | Pressemelding
Alibaba Group Holding Limited (NYSE: BABA) announced today a series of smart mobility initiatives in partnership with auto brands and technology service providers. The announcement was made during The Cloud Computing Conference, the company’s largest technology showcase, held over four days in Hangzhou, Alibaba’s home base. Partnering with Bosch on Automated Valet Parking Alibaba Cloud, the cloud-computing arm of Alibaba Group, and Bosch, a leading global supplier of technology services, announced plans to introduce Automated Valet Parking (AVP) solutions in China. Both parties will work together to enable the infrastructure-based, driverless parking solution. The technology is powered by software in a cloud and it will offer a fully automated valet parking service in the near future. As part of the cooperation, Bosch will provide its AVP technology, its experience in systems engineering and its IoT competencies. Alibaba Cloud, meanwhile, will share its technologies and its experience
Egon Zehnder and Mobius Executive Leadership Formalize Exclusive Strategic Partnership20.9.2018 06:01 | Pressemelding
Egon Zehnder, the world’s leadership advisory firm, has entered into a formal partnership with Mobius Executive Leadership, the US and Europe-based premier leadership development firm. The partnership combines the firms’ proprietary methods for accelerating the personal and professional development of senior executives and for stimulating an organization’s ability to transform. “Readiness to lead at the top levels in business and society today requires leaders develop a willingness to understand who they are and who they can become so that they can unlock their full potential – and help their organizations unleash their potential as well,” stated Jill Ader, Egon Zehnder’s Chair-Elect and Co-developer of the Executive Breakthrough Program. “Together with Mobius, we have found success in doing that.” Already collaborating for more than four years, the two firms’ new partnership formally combines Egon Zehnder’s deep leadership advisory experience to the world’s most influential leaders an