LED Patents: Boom in Licensing of New Lighting Technology

The light industry leader of Philips has announced recently the 300th licensee for patents on LED lights and lamps. Within a year the number of licensees in the licensing program by 50 percent has risen, which means that 100 new licensees were won. Since may, 2013, now 300 companies have access to a comprehensive portfolio of Philips patented technologies and solutions for LED-systems.

“Patents are essential for the modern knowledge-based society. It is the legal basis that inventor for the benefit of consumers disclose their knowledge and their research results, market or share.We see Philips patents not primarily defensive rights as a basis for further and open innovation.
Our innovations, we offer access in this licensing program”even our competitors, says Hans Christian Schomerus, Director IP licensing at Philips Intellectual Property & standards.
With the LED licensing program Philips promotes the growth of the industry in the transition from conventional bulbs to energy-efficient LED based lighting solutions.
“More and more companies, from startups to larger companies, take part in our LED licensing program and recognize that cooperation can accelerate the product development with us, reduce costs, and advance the industry as a whole. We are confident that the program will attract a broad range of companies in the coming months. Our common goal is to promote growth in the area of LED-lighting – energy efficient lighting solution for the future -“, says Abed Duijvestijn, Senior Vice President Philips Intellectual Property & standards.

The world leader in lighting solutions has invested in the research and development of LED early.Recently down has Philips the presented prototypes of LED tube, which is twice as energy efficient as conventional energy-saving lamps-see also video. And late last year the companybrought the first Smartphone-controlled LED lamp system for consumer market.
About the patent management at Philips
In 1926 Philips founded the Department of intellectual property & standards – IP & S – short to systematically capture and exploit the intellectual property of the company. The organization controls also the purchase of patent rights and licenses or applying Community patents together with external research and development partners. Currently, IP & S employs around 400 staff and manages a total of more than 54,000 patents, 70,000 designs, 39,000 brand and trademark, as well as 4,400 domain name.
About the LED licensing program
In 2008, Philips launched the licensing program for LED lights and lamps. Since then, demand has grown rapidly under licence for the patented LED technology, as a growing number of companies recognize the benefits and opportunities that offer these licenses: the program gives licensees access to a wide range of basic technologies; This ranges from individual LED controls and system solutions. The LED technology can be used in luminaires and lamps for the living room, outdoor lighting, as well as for event technology under its own brand. Companies are among the licensees of various sectors including Cooper, TRILUX, Acuity Brands, Cree, OSRAM, Martin, Neo-Neon, Lemnis lighting, Zumtobel and Paul Mann. A list of licensees as well as learn more about the led licensing program can be found at www.ip.philips.com/licensing/ssl.
Voices current licensee to the LED light source licensing program:
“With the patent license from Philips we have created the necessary infrastructure, our customer base in less than 18 months to double or even triple”, says Dan Zaharoni, President of Maxon technologies. “We see the future of our company and the LED/induction market overall very positive.”
Detlev Paulmann, Member of the Executive Board of Paulmann light GmbH adds: “Paul Mann is a leading provider of lighting products and in over 40 countries worked. We are a family company with a passion for light. And we have made the decision early to LED technology in the heart of the future of our company. We are convinced that the agreement will help us with Philips, to strengthen our offer, to expand our portfolio and to bring new products to our customers faster on the market.”