US Residential Lighting Maker Settles Patent Dispute With Nichia

Nichia of Japan announced on its web site that it has resolved a patent dispute
with its former customer Intermatic Inc.,
a large US-based lighting manufacturer (not to be confused with LED phosphor
specialist Intematix). Nichia said that
Intermatic, which markets and manufactures conventional residential lighting
in addition to LED products in the United States, Canada, Mexico, China, and
the Netherlands, has agreed to enter into a business arrangement. Details regarding
that arrangement have not been disclosed by either party. Nichia originally
filed the patent lawsuit against residential lighting manufacturer, Intermatic,
on January 24, 2006. The lawsuit alleged that certain of Intermatic’s
LED products (such as LZ21813KA) infringed on Nichia’s key white LED patent,
US patent 5,998,925.