Osram and Nichia to expand IP cross-licensing on LED technologies
Back in 2002 and 2010, the two companies had entered into patent cross license agreements which allowed them to use each other’s patents licensed under the respective agreement for nitride-based semiconductor products such as blue, green, and white LED and laser components.
During the light+building exhibition in Frankfurt, Aldo Kamper, CEO of Osram Opto Semiconductors, and Hiroyoshi Ogawa, President of Nichia Corporation met and expressed their wish to expand and strengthen the license co-operation.
“To further advance LED and laser technology, Nichia and Osram have spent, in total, more than 2.5 billion Euros in research and development since 2011”, said Aldo Kamper.
“On all levels of the value chain from semiconductor epitaxy to phosphor material, packaging and further downstream technologies significant progress has been made in the past eight years and protected by a variety of new patents on both sides”, added Hiroyoshi Ogawa.
“As a consequence, our companies will be able to leverage each other’s technological advancements, while both companies’ customers will benefit from an industry leading protection in IP related matters” added Aldo Kamper.
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