Japanese Inventor Wins Record $189 Million In Suit Over Patent Rights

By Marius Meland (January 30, 2004, 12:00 AM EST) -- In a landmark victory for Japanese inventor rights, the inventor of the blue light-emitting diode was Friday awarded a record 20 billion yen ($189 million) in compensation from his former employer for patent rights that he handed over to the company.

Only a day after the Tokyo High Court ordered the country's largest payout ever to an inventor, the Tokyo District Court broke the record with its ruling for inventor Shuji Nakamura, a professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara, in his lawsuit against his former employer, Nichia Corp.

The case was widely watched as it was expected set a...

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