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Nichia Prevails in Patent Infringement Suit

The District Court for the Northern District of California dismissed with prejudice Bluestone Innovation LLC's claims of infringement against Paul, Weiss clients Nichia Corporation and Nichia America Corporation. Nichia Corporation is a Japanese chemical engineering and manufacturing company that is the world's largest supplier of light emitting diodes (LEDs). Nichia's LEDs are used in displays, LCD backlighting, automotive and general lighting applications.  

In 2010, Bluestone filed a lawsuit alleging infringement of U.S. Patent No. 6,163,557 by Nichia's LED products. Nichia did not pay or provide any consideration for Bluestone's dismissal with prejudice. The dismissal comes after Nichia obtained a favorable claim construction order and subsequently filed for summary judgment of non-infringement. The case originally involved a number of LED companies, including Epistar Corporation, Formosa Epitaxy, Huga Optotech Inc., Showa Denko K.K. and Toyoda Gosei Co., Ltd., among others, as defendants. Nichia was the only remaining defendant through the claim construction portion of the case.

The Paul, Weiss team included retired litigation partner John Nathan, litigation partners Kenneth Gallo and Catherine Nyarady and counsel Brian Egan.

April 20, 2015

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