Nichia Wins Infringement Case Against Everlight Subsidiary WOFI After WOFI Withdrew Appeal

On October 1, 2018, WOFI Leuchten Wortmann & Filz GmbH, a German subsidiary of Everlight Electronics Ltd. of Taiwan, completely withdrew its appeal (docket number I-2 U 33/17) against the judgment of the Düsseldorf District Court. The company withdrew its appeal against the court judgement concerning the YAG patent EP 936 682 (DE 697 02 929) of Nichia Corporation. Thus, the judgment of the Düsseldorf District Court has become final. WOFI produces residential lighting products.

With the now final judgment dated July 4, 2017 (docket number 4b O 132/16), the Düsseldorf District Court found that WOFI, infringed Nichia’s YAG patent with twelve white LED products. These products include Orbit / Serie 946 – Art. No. 4946.04.01.0000, Mercur / Serie 313 – Art. No. 4313.01.01.0000, Laurids / Serie 889 – Art. No. 4889.01.64.0000, Avignon / Serie 275 – Art. No. 4275.01.64.0000, Vannes / Serie 625 – Art. No. 8625.01.01.0000, Reims / Serie 272 – Art. No. 9272.09.01.0000, Luz / Serie 682 – Art. No. 8682.01.01.0000, Louvre / Serie 825 – Art. No. 8825.01.54.0000, Style / Serie 922 – Art. No. 6922.03.01.0000, Antibes / Serie 792 – Art. No. 7792.06.01.0000, Benett / Serie 557 – Art. No. 9557.08.01.0000 and Napa / Serie 666 – Art. No. 9666.04.64.0000.

In a first for Nichia, the company included labeled photos of each infringing WOFI product.

Pictures of each infringing WOFI product

Nichia closed its news release related to the win against WOFIT saying that it “seeks to protect its patents and other intellectual property rights and takes actions against alleged infringers in any country where appropriate and necessary.”

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