SOURCE: Seoul Semiconductor

November 09, 2007 11:38 ET

Seoul Semiconductor has Substantially Prevailed at U.S. Design Case

SEOUL, KOREA--(Marketwire - November 9, 2007) - Seoul Semiconductor (KOSDAQ: 046890), one of the eight largest LED manufacturers in the world, found not liable for damages on three of four Nichia Corporation's U.S. Design Patents; Jury award limited to $62 recovery on 4th patent at Northern California District Court design patent case.

The only product at issue was Seoul's side view LED 902 sold in the United States. Seoul Semiconductor vindicated that, after almost two years of litigation, the sales of its side view LED 902 are actually non-infringing and that it has substantially prevailed in this litigation.

Seoul Semiconductor continues to believe that Nichia's U.S. design patents are invalid, and has asked the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to reexamine all four patents asserted against it. Nichia's same design patents were previously invalidated by the Korean Intellectual Property Office in December 2006.

Seoul Semiconductor relies for its success on the strength of its own intellectual property and its revolutionary advances in technology. Seoul Semiconductor has fulfilled customer's best satisfaction through its consistent advanced technologies and will be the company, which provides a better value to the world.

About Seoul Semiconductor

Seoul Semiconductor is the largest LED lighting solutions manufacturer in Korea, and eighth-largest in the world according to Strategies Unlimited. Seoul Semiconductor has been named to Forbes' and Business Week's lists as one of the most promising Asian companies. Its product, Acriche was recently named as "Product of the Year 2006" by Elektronik, one of the most prestigious electronics magazines in Europe. Seoul semiconductor's primary business areas are LED packaging and custom module manufacturing. It provides a full range of LED products including AC-driven semiconductor light source, Acriche, High-brightness Power, Side View, Top, Chip, Lamp and High Flux LEDs, and custom type modules. Applications for the company's LED products include general lighting, signage, back lighting for mobile phones, TVs, notebook computers, automotive lighting, home appliances, signals, etc. Seoul Semiconductor reported US$200 million in sales in 2006. It has 1,251 patents and 100 licenses as of June 30, 2007. Seoul Semiconductor has 18 branches including 3 overseas corporate offices. Its products are also represented worldwide by more than 90 distributors.

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