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Sony, Sanyo, Exceed, and Lucky Light to License Technology from Neumark Rothschild
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Author: CompoundSemi News Staff

May 27, 2008... Columbia University Professor Emerita, Gertrude Neumark Rothschild again appears to be on the winning side as another group of companies agrees to settle with her in her patent dispute against 31 companies brought before the U.S. International Trade Commission. Two Goliaths of consumer electronics, Sony Corp. and Sany Electric Co. Ltd., and lesser known companies, Lucky Light and Exceed, have reportedly agreed to license the patented technology from Rothschild. The technology is a basic component in the production of Blu-ray video players, violet laser diodes, violet LEDs, mobile phones, and digital cameras. Details of the agreements were not released. Seoul Semiconductor Co. Ltd, a maker of LEDs, and Taiwan's Everlight Electronics Co. Ltd. signed licensing agreements with Professor Neumark Rothschild. According to her legal council, Professor Neumark Rothschild conducted groundbreaking research in the 1980s and 1990s into the light-emitting diodes (LEDs) and laser diodes crucial to a many consumer electronics products.

While the Rothschild has made significant progress in the lawsuit, the fight is far from over. The Professor Emerita’s complaint to the ITC seeks to block the imports of infringing products, including video players using Blu-ray format, Motorola Razr phones, and Hitachi camcorders, as well as products containing blue, green, violet, ultraviolet, and white light emitting diodes and laser diodes. Other companies named in the suit reportedly include Hitachi Ltd., Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., LG Electronics Inc., Nokia Corp., Samsung Group, Sharp Corp. Sony Ericsson Mobile and Toshiba Corp. Dreier LLP News Release

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