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Eric Virey, Senior Analyst, LED, Yole Développement & Mike McLaughlin, Business Development, Yole Inc

Oct. 15, 2013 - 08:00 AM PDT


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Overview of the LED phosphor and downconverters intellectual propert landscape

Since the first white LEDs commercialized in the mid 1990's, Phosphor IP has been a major force in the LED industry. With more than 40 litigations cases it has also been used as leverage by companies which have negotiated close to 70 licensing and supply agreements to date.
It can also be argued that in the first half of the 2000 decade, the strict enforcement and lack of will to grant licenses for some fundamental IP related to the design and manufacturing of white LEDs might also have slowed down the progress of the industry by preventing more efficient competition and price decrease.
Hundreds of companies are now involved in LED phosphor IP. Most of the major LED players are present in the list of the top patent assignees.
But independent phosphor manufacturers like Intematix or Mitsubishi that are offering their phosphors on the open market are also emerging as major forces in the IP landscape.
Yole Developpement has collaborated with Knowmade to produce and indepth analysis of the LED phosphor IP Landscape.

In this webinar we will look at some of the defining trends, including major players and collaboration network, key patents, timelines and history of litigations and licensing.


Eric Virey,
Ph.D. holds a Ph-D in Optoelectronics from the National Polytechnic Institute of Grenoble. In the last 12 years, he’s held various R&D, engineering, manufacturing and marketing position with Saint-Gobain. Most recently, he was Market Manager at Saint-Gobain Crystals, in charge of Sapphire substrates and materials for optical telecoms




Mike McLaughlin
has been working with emerging technologies for over 12 years at IBM and Cisco and was a principal analyst at Gartner. He now leads all of Yole Développement's activities and business development for North America. Mike is a graduate of Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA

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