Gertrude Neumark Rothschild, is suing CREE, the manufacturer of high-end LEDs about two patents that Rothschild owns. The inventor of the patents is named Gertrude Neumark. She is an American physicist, that has quite a few of these LED patents in her coffers and this isn’t the first time she has gone after LED companies.
The lawsuit is based off of two patents that Rothschild owns that are: The ‘618 Patent, entitled Process for Doping Crystals of Wide Band Gap Semiconductors, issued February 27, 1990, on an application filed August 22, 1988; and the ‘499 Patent, entitled Wide Band Gap Semiconductors Having Low Bipolar Resistivity and Method of Formation, issued October 12, 1993, on an application filed August 15, 1988.
In 1985, Gertrude Neumark was working for the Phillips Lighting company. CREE tried to have the lawsuit dismissed for lack of standing based on the argument that Rothschild conceived of the invention while employed at Philips Lumileds Lighting Company L.L.C., making Philips the rightful owner of the patent. They courts aren’t liking the dismissal case and it looks like this case will go before a Jury trial that starts in July 2010.
This is starting to sound all vaguely familiar don’t you think? You can drop down below the break for the full lawsuit.