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Everlight submits an amended complaint against Nichia

Everlight has submitted an amended complaint accusing Nichia, the Japanese company of using fictitious experimental results in an attempt to deliberately mislead the US Patent Trademark Office (PTO). The earlier complaint against Nichia filed in June 2012 was rejected, because the court found that the claims made by Everlight were not specific enough, and that the Taiwanese company had failed to identify the specific inventors (or other persons) that had deliberately made the misleading statements to the USPTO. The specific element of being able to demonstrate intent was also missing from Everlight’s complaint

Everlight has now named three specific Nichia inventors that, says the complaint, were responsible for the fictitious results included in the ‘925 patent application.

The complaint also gives specific examples of misleading statements. For example, the ‘925 patent includes claims that cover an LED with a YAG-type phosphor in which yttrium (Y) is fully replaced by gadolinium (Gd).

However, Everlight contends that the inventors knew this claim to be false. In fact, the complaint quotes a patent application in Japan by the same inventors which concludes that full replacement of yttrium by gadolinium would result in zero light emission.

Other similar allegations are made by Everlight with respect to the substitution of aluminum (Al) by indium (In).

Also, the ‘925 patent claims that various samples of LEDs were made using the new phosphors described, and gave good results in terms of light emission and stability. However, Everlight claims this must be false, since several of the phosphor structures are either unstable or were known to result in zero light emission.

The main goal of the complaint is to have US patent nos. 5,998,925 and 7,531,960 declared invalid and unenforceable.