E Ink and Sharp agree to patent cross-licensing deal


TAIPEI–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 Amazon.com Inc., electronics manufacturer Sony Corp. and Chinese e-reader maker Havon Technology Co.