ASUS tablet incorporating Unity Opto LEDs infringes Osram patent

21.05.2015 | Company information

Osram has obtained a favorable first instance judgment in a patent infringement lawsuit against the Taiwanese consumer electronics manufacturer ASUSTek Computer Inc. Osram had claimed that certain white light emitting diodes (LED) such as those incorporated in first generation ASUS Nexus 7 tablets infringe its German patent DE 196 55 185. The District Court in Düsseldorf has awarded Osram an injunction and found that ASUS has to compensate Osram’s damage caused by the patent infringement. ASUS has filed an appeal against this judgment. Osram has initiated the provisional enforcement of the judgment against the provision of a security.

ASUS did not dispute patent infringement in the proceedings. The District Court has further rejected ASUS’ motion to stay the proceedings following an invalidity lawsuit raised against the patent by the Taiwanese company Unity Opto Technology Co. Ltd. in the German Federal Patent Court. The District Court has found that there is no sufficient probability that the patent will be revoked. A final decision in the invalidity lawsuit has not yet been made. Unity Opto is a manufacturer of LED used by ASUS.

Since settlement could not be reached with either ASUS or Unity Opto, Osram has meanwhile filed three further patent infringement lawsuits against ASUS with the District Court Düsseldorf.


OSRAM of Munich, Germany is one of the two leading light manufacturers in the world. The company's portfolio covers the entire value chain from components – including lamps, electronic control gear and opto semiconductors such as light-emitting diodes (LED) – as well as luminaires, light management systems and lighting solutions. OSRAM has around 34,000 employees worldwide and generated revenue of more than €5.1 billion in fiscal 2014 (ended September 30). The company's business activities have been focusing on light – and hence on quality of life – for over 100 years. The company was listed on the stock exchanges in Frankfurt and Munich on July 8, 2013 (ISIN: DE000LED4000; WKN: LED 400; Trading symbol: OSR).
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