Sharp and OSRAM Enter into LED and Laser Diode Patent Cross-Licensing Agreement
Osaka, Aug 23, 2013 - (JCN Newswire) - Sharp Corporation (head office: Osaka
City, Osaka Prefecture; President: Kozo Takahashi; below "Sharp") and
OSRAM GmbH (head office: Munich, Germany; CEO: Wolfgang Dehen; below
"OSRAM") have entered into a patent cross-licensing agreement
covering LEDs (light-emitting diodes) and laser diodes.
This cross-licensing agreement grants each party the right to use inventions
related to LED and laser diodes covered by the patents owned by the respective
companies around the world. Both companies expect that this will spur their
R&D and contribute to further advances in LEDs, laser diodes, and related
Sharp began mass-production of LEDs in 1970 and the world's first
production of infrared laser diodes for CDs in 1982. With these LED and laser
diode technologies built up over the years, the company has recently come out
with numerous unique devices, including a high-efficiency, high-brightness 100
W-class LED for lighting, and a red laser diode that can be used as a light
source for displays.
Under this agreement, the companies' mutual licensing of patents will
allow each party to complement its respective technologies. Sharp and OSRAM
believe this will accelerate development of high-performance LEDs and laser
diodes and have a positive effect on the creation of devices that match the
needs of worldwide markets.
Sharp Corporation (TSE: 6753) is a worldwide developer of innovative products
and core technologies that play a key role in shaping the future of
electronics. As a leader in liquid crystal displays (LCDs) and digital
technologies, Sharp offers one of the broadest and most advanced lines of
consumer electronics, information products and electronic components, while
also creating new network businesses. For more information, please visit
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