Press Release August 08, 2012

Goodwin Attorneys Secure ITC Patent Litigation Win for OSRAM

Goodwin attorneys recently obtained a significant victory for our client OSRAM, a subsidiary of Siemens, in the U.S. International Trade Commission. Goodwin prevailed against LG on a patent covering fundamental technology for light-emitting diodes (“LEDs”) which emit white light.

In a 160-page opinion, Administrative Law Judge David Shaw rejected eight categories of invalidity and unenforceability defenses, and held that OSRAM’s U.S. Patent No. 7,151,283 on conversion technology was infringed by LG. Conversion technology typically involves the partial conversion of some blue light emitted by a semiconductor to yellow light, and using this combination of colors to create white light output. The ’283 patent is one of the core patents in OSRAM’s licensing program.

In the future, white LEDs will likely replace incandescent and fluorescent lights in residential and commercial settings. Today, white LEDs are critical to backlighting displays in consumer electronics including TVs and mobile devices. Founded in Germany more than 100 years ago, OSRAM is one of the world’s oldest lighting companies, and is best known in the United States under the Sylvania trade name.

The trial team was led by Mark Abate and Lana Shiferman.