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E Ink, Sharp sign patent cross-licensing deal

2012/07/12 19:14:59

Taipei, July 12 (CNA) Taiwan's E Ink Holdings Inc., the world's largest electronics paper display supplier, signed a patent cross-licensing agreement Thursday with Japan's Sharp Corp. to use TFT and LCD technologies.

E Ink's South Korean unit, Hydis Technologies Co., also signed a similar agreement with Sharp, allowing both parties to use certain of each others' patented technologies in return for licensing fees, according to a statement from E Ink.

Within the 10-year term of validity, E Ink and Sharp will maintain a "patent peace" to prevent the companies and their customers from being affected by patent issues.

This will help both companies to focus on the development of their businesses, the statement said.

E Ink has a 90 percent share of the worldwide e-paper market, and its customers include online book store operator Inc., electronics manufacturer Sony Corp. and Chinese e-reader maker Havon Technology Co.

Hydis makes LCD panels based on fringe field switching (FFS) technology that are used in displays for smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices, such as Apple's iPad.

(By Jeffrey Wu)