Taiwan’s LED Chipmaker Epistar Expected to Sign Patent Agreement with Japan’s Nichia or Toyoda Gosei
Aug 31, 2010 Taiwan’s No.1 LED chipmaker Epistar Inc. is expected to sign a patent cross-licensing agreement with its Japanese counterparts Nichia or Toyoda Gousei in a bid to further boost earnings and revenue.
Once the deal is concluded Taiwan’s LED industry would see its price/earnings ratio surge to at least 20 folds as a whole from current 15 folds or so, according to the industry executives estimated.
Epistar executives pointed out that Epistar now has a total of 1,200 patents, placing it in an advantageous position in patent-licensing negotiation, and the company has been vigorously pursing the opportunity to talk with LED heavyweights over patent cross-licensing deals.
Taiwan’s industry watchers welcome Epistar’s moves to sign patent cross-licensing deals with major players from the point of view that such efforts would give application providers peace of mind when using the company’s chips.
Author: BIO T&T
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