National Jan 13, 2005

Inventor of blue LED angry with settlement

The inventor of the blue light-emitting diode said Wednesday he was forced to settle with Nichia Corp. out of court for ¥843 million over the diode patent. Shuji Nakamura, currently a professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara, arrived in Tokyo a day after ...

National Jan 9, 2005

Settlement in blue LED patent suit could reach 1.5 billion yen

Nichia Corp. and former researcher Shuji Nakamura are negotiating a settlement worth ¥500 million  to ¥1.5 billion over their high-profile dispute on the patent for the blue light-emitting diode, according to sources familiar with the lawsuit. The Tokyo High Court recommended in December that the ...

Business Dec 25, 2004

Blue LED case may end out of court

The Tokyo High Court recommended that a 50-year-old researcher and Nichia Corp., his former employer, settle their dispute over the blue light-emitting diode patent without any court ruling. The Tokyo District Court ordered Nichia in January to pay 20 billion yen to Shuji Nakamura as ...

Cashing in on ideas

Lifestyle Jul 25, 2004

Cashing in on ideas

by Masami Ito

Thomas Edison's electricity, Alexander Graham Bell's telephone, the Wright Brothers' creaky biplane, H.G. Wells' time machine (OK, that last one hasn't happened yet), but through these world-changing discoveries, our daily lives have been made easier. Flick a switch and light banishes the darkness, pick ...

National Mar 7, 2004

Nichia deposits ¥10 billion in spat over patent royalties

Chemical maker Nichia Corp. deposited ¥10 billion at the Justice Ministry after a court approved its request to block the execution of a January ruling ordering it to pay ¥20 billion  to the inventor of a key semiconductor device, Nichia officials said Saturday. The company ...

Court dismisses inventor's patent claim but will consider reward

National Sep 20, 2002

Court dismisses inventor's patent claim but will consider reward

The Tokyo District Court on Thursday acknowledged Nichia Corp.'s ownership of the patent for a key semiconductor device, rejecting a suit filed by the inventor, now a professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara. But the court recognized that Shuji Nakamura, 48, is eligible ...

Business Jan 22, 2002

Inventor hopes lawsuit over diode empowers peers

by Sachiko Hirao

Shuji Nakamura is confident that his court battle can radically change the relationship between Japanese companies and their in-house inventors. "If I win, there would be a storm of litigation. A slew of in-house researchers would file lawsuits (against their companies)," said Nakamura, the inventor ...

Events Aug 21, 2001

Electronics firms wage battle of the rays

by Gary Tegler

KYOTO -- Kyoto-based Rohm Corp., one of Japan's largest makers of electronic components, is locked in a legal wrangle with Nichia Corp. of Anan, Tokushima Prefecture, over patents related to blue light-emitting diodes and blue lasers. Blue LEDs and blue lasers constitute two of the ...