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Blue LED Inventor Sues Former Company

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Science  31 Aug 2001:
Vol. 293, Issue 5535, pp. 1575
DOI: 10.1126/science.293.5535.1575a

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TOKYO-- The Japanese engineer whose breakthrough research led to a blue light-emitting diode and a blue semiconductor laser has sued his former employer for a share of the profits from his invention. Shuji Nakamura, now a professor of materials science at the University of California, Santa Barbara, is seeking $16 million from Nichia Corp. of Anan, Tokushima. Observers here say it reflects a trend among scientists to gain greater recognition for their achievements.