BU Wins $13.7M Jury Verdict In IP Row With Electronics Cos.

Law360, Los Angeles (November 19, 2015, 9:34 PM EST) -- A Massachusetts federal jury on Thursday decided that electronic companies Epistar Corp., Everlight Electronics Co. Ltd. and Lite-On Inc. owe almost $13.7 million to Boston University for willfully infringing a patent for semiconductor technology.

The jury verdict said Boston University had shown that Taiwan-based Epistar and its customers Everlight and Light-On sold products, such as dimmable light emitting diodes, that infringed U.S. Patent No. 5,686,738. The jury also decided that the defendants failed to show that the patent was invalid.

BU claimed Epistar for more than a decade had knowingly and intentionally infringed various claims of the patent. Epistar countered that...

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