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Rival Sues Nichia For LED Litigation Frenzy

Law360 (October 31, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Seoul Semiconductor Ltd. is suing rival Nichia Corp. for anti-competitive behavior, claiming Nichia is on a “litigation rampage," using baseless lawsuits to limit competition in the light-emitting diode market.

The complaint, lodged Tuesday in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, centers on Nichia’s 2006 patent suit against Seoul Semiconductor, which resulted in a $250 award for infringement, the statutory minimum.

While Nichia sought hundreds of millions of dollars in damages, the court awarded the paltry sum because, other than a sale arranged...
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