Seoul Semiconductor Successfully Invalidates Everlight’s Patent in the United Kingdom and Holds Everlight Responsible for Paying Significant Litigation Costs to Seoul

Ansan, South Korea, February 20, 2018 – On February 20, 2018, Seoul Semiconductor Co., Ltd. (“Seoul”) announced that Seoul has won the patent invalidity litigation action that was filed against Everlight Electronics Co., Ltd. (“Everlight”) in the United Kingdom. Everlight’s patent, EP (UK) 1169735, which was invalidated as a result of Seoul’s suit, relates to an LED…

15 Crowd-Pleasing IoT Product & Platform Wins

The enthusiasm of developers and customers alike for Internet of Things (IoT) continues to build and be strong, especially if you use the measure of support by crowd funding sources. It may be that predictions for burgeoning market growth may be right on the money. Gartner predicts that 6.4 billion connected things will be in…

Tracing the Rise of the Global EMS Supply Chain

The emergence of the electronics manufacturing services (EMS) sector has been wonderful to watch. The bigger impact, though, has been on the supply chain as these business trends have created what I see as one of the best supply chains in the world. The electronics manufacturing services (EMS) industry took globalization and ran with it. …

Ukraine Sinks & Taiwan Soars in FM Global’s 2015 Country Rankings of Supply Chain Risk

Johnston, RI—Ukraine, roiled by conflict with neighboring Russia, poses significant challenges for companies considering expanding their supply chains there. So does Thailand despite the years that have passed since the popular manufacturing destination’s devastating floods. Exactly what risk do these countries present? Their vulnerabilities, as well as those of many other countries, are quantified in…

The Audit Supply Chain Professionals Are Not Doing

Supply chain professionals do lots of supplier audits. They ask about quality standards, IP data protection, manufacturing process certifications, contract review requirements, document control measures, and source of origin of parts and raw materials. But, surprisingly, they may not be asking how suppliers deal with bribes and corruption issues, according to a recent report from…

Next Step in PMBus Evolution

Several years ago, my family took a trip to Australia. This was our longest vacation ever — 17 days. It was also the best vacation we took as a family, according to my daughters. One of the highlights for me was visiting the rainforest of northeast Australia. Our guide pointed out much of the unique…

How to Overcome the 4 C’s in Global Technology Shipping

There are lots of challenges in the technology supply chain ranging from sourcing decisions to global supplier selection and from management to distribution planning, but one challenge we haven't talked about before in this column is international shipping. With 96 percent of consumers worldwide living outside of the US representing two-thirds of the world's purchasing…

Does the US Lag on Technology Adoption?

The US may be home to mammoth technology brands like Apple, Amazon, Intel, and Google, but when it comes to adopting new media technology, it's running behind other countries. In fact, the US doesn't even make the top 10 countries in ZenithOptimedia's recently released New Media Forecasts study of 19 advanced markets and new media…