Jury Awards Boston University $13.7M in Trial over LED Patent

  • November 25, 2015

A Massachusetts jury found in favor of the Trustees of Boston University (BU), concluding that Epistar and two of its customers, Everlight and Lite-On, infringe a semiconductor patent (5,686,738) through the manufacture and sale of certain LED products (1:12-cv-11935). In a verdict handed down last week, the jury awarded BU a total of $13.7M in damages, with Epistar and Everlight (which were found to have willfully infringed the patent-in-suit), ordered to pay $9.3M and $4M, respectively, and Lite-On to pay $365K. According to court filings, BU has accused over 20,000 products of infringement since it initiated this campaign in October 2012, but the case against Epistar, Everlight, and Lite-On is the first to reach trial.


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