Licensing

Cree LED has invested significant resources in developing new technologies to lead the LED lighting revolution. Cree’s technologies encompass new materials systems, such as Group III nitrides and silicon carbide, compound semiconductor devices for LED lighting, and LED-based systems, such as LCD backlighting systems and general illumination systems. Cree LED continues to invest in research and development to enable new products and facilitate market growth. Cree LED chooses to protect many of its innovations by obtaining patents. As of December 2020, Cree LED has more than:

  • 745 issued U.S. patents
  • 980 issued foreign patents
  • 95 pending U.S. applications
  • 110 pending foreign applications

Cree LED may choose to partner with other parties and promote the use of its proprietary technology through intellectual property licensing. A license to Cree LED's patents can enable other companies to improve existing products, enter new markets or speed time-to-market of new products.

A description of the licensing programs offered by Cree LED may be found on the Cree LED Licensing Programs web page. Should you wish to explore licensing Cree LED technology, including programs not described on the Cree LED Licensing Programs web page, please send us an email describing your interest to licensing@cree-led.com.

A list of Cree LED licensees may be found on this website on the CreeLED Licensees web page. With this information you can ensure that you are receiving licensed products from your supplier. Cree LED trademark information may be found on the Trademark web page.

Licensees

The following table shows a list of exemplary Cree licensees and the license description. A link to the press release announcing the license, if any, is also provided.

Company NameLicense DescriptionDate(s)
Advanced Optoelectronic Technology Inc. License to patented Cree technology in the field of LEDs for display backlights. [press release] 12/18/2019
Epistar

Cross license agreement to LED chip patents. [press release]

08/04/2015

Harvatek Corp.

License to Cree patents at issue in the litigation. [press release]

05/02/2016

Kingbright License to Cree patents at issue in the litigation. [press release] 05/09/2016
Lextar Electronics Corporation

License for certain Cree LED chip and component intellectual property. [press release]

08/26/2014

Nichia Corp.
  • Cross-license agreement concerning gallium nitride-based optoelectronic technology.
  • Cross-license agreement relating to LED technology for solid-state white lighting.
  • Cross-license agreement including additional patents relating to white LED technology and certain Cree patents relating to nitride lasers.

11/13/2002
02/09/2005 
09/17/2007
NNCrystal US Corp.

License to manufacture remote phosphor optical elements. [press release]

10/15/2013
Osram GmbH Cross-license agreement to all patents in the fields of blue LED chip technology, white LEDs and phosphors, packaging, LED luminaires and lamps, and LED lighting control systems. 04/04/2011
Rohm Co., Ltd. License to U.S. 6,600,175 to make and sell white LEDs that incorporate Cree LED chips. 05/19/2005
Seoul Semiconductor, Inc. License to manufacture and sell white-emitting packaged LED lamps each of which incorporate an LED chip from Cree and a phosphor and is encompassed by U.S. 6,600,175 and patents that issue from US. Ser. Nos. 10/623,198 and 11/264,124. 05/09/2006
Stanley Electric Co., Ltd. License to U.S. 6,600,175 to make and sell white LEDs that incorporate Cree LED chips. 05/19/2005
Toyoda Gosei Co., Ltd. Mutual patent agreement addressing LED-chip and packaged-LED technology. 05/28/2008

Licensing Programs

The following table shows some of Cree LED’s active patent licensing programs. Each program provides rights to certain Cree LED patents needed to manufacture products within the program description scope. Cree LED will also develop customized licensing programs to address your specific product.

If you would like further information about these programs or licensing other Cree patents, please send an email to ipadmin@cree-led.com

License Program Program Description
Ultraviolet Photodiodes License to make and sell SiC-based ultraviolet photodiodes.
LED Chips License to manufacture and sell LED chips.
LED Components License to manufacture and sell LED components.