Nichia and Osram Enter Patent Cross License

July 04, 2002 by Jeff Shepard

Nichia Corp. (Japan) announced its entrance into a patent cross-license agreement with Osram Opto Semiconductors GmbH covering indium gallium nitride (InGaN) semiconductor and related packaging technology. The agreement resolves all pending-patent disputes between Nichia and Osram Opto Semiconductors.

"Nichia and Osram Opto Semiconductors are both pioneers of the InGaN market, particularly for white LEDs," said Noboru Tazaki, senior managing director and general manager of Nichia's optoelectronics products division. "This cross license with Osram Opto Semiconductors complements Nichia's fundamental technology base, enabling us to make better products for our customers."