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LEDs ♦ news digest GT Solar to sue ARC Energy


GT Solar says that ARC and two of its employees have used trade secrets relating to GT Crystal Systems’ technology for manufacturing sapphire crystals, as a means of entering the sapphire crystallisation equipment business.


GT Solar International subsidiaries, GT Crystal Systems, LLC and GT Solar Hong Kong, Limited have filed a lawsuit in the Hillsborough County Superior Court (Southern District) in New Hampshire against Advanced RenewableEnergy Company, LLC (ARC).


The firms also plan to sue Kedar Gupta, ARC’s Chief Executive Officer and Chandra Khattak, an ARC employee, for the misappropriation of trade secrets relating to sapphire crystallisation processes and equipment.


The complaint alleges that ARC and the named individuals misappropriated trade secrets relating to GT Crystal Systems’ technology for manufacturing sapphire crystals, as a means of entering the sapphire crystallisation equipment business. The complaint further alleges civil conspiracy, unfair competition, breach of contract and interference with contractual relations.


“We have an obligation to our shareholders to be diligent about protecting our intellectual property,” said Hoil Kim, GT Solar’s General Counsel. “When we believe our intellectual property has been compromised, we will take the necessary action to protect our rights.”


Optogan appoints new International Sales Director


The firm has employed Ove Sörensen who previously worked at Philips Lumileds, and has considerable experience in the introduction of high power LEDs into emerging markets.


LED manufacturer Optogan has appointed Ove Sörensen as new Director Sales and Business Development EMEA for the development of the international sales network in Europe, Middle East and Africa.


Ove Sörensen is the new International Sales Director at Optogan GmbH


The products of the European LED chips and luminaire manufacturer Optogan are experiencing an uninterrupted boom in Russia. In 2010, Optogan launched its international sales activities. Due to rapidly increasing demand in global markets for LEDs “made in Germany”, the Optogan Group enforced its activities by creating the new position of the Director Sales and Business Development EMEA.


“Ove Sörensen is a perfect fit to our management team. He qualifies himself due to his excellent achievements in the LED industry and broad experience in international sales, marketing and management,” said Markus Zeiler, General Manager Global Sales and Marketing of the Optogan Group.


Before joining Optogan, Sörensen was working at Philips Lumileds, in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. At the time he joined the company in 2004, he first took over the position of Sales Manager for the regions of Great Britain, Benelux and Scandinavia. In 2007 he was appointed as Sales Director for Northern and Eastern Europe. Within this period he contributed greatly to the introduction of high power LEDs into emerging markets and expanded the


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Ove Sörensen, 41, will be based in Germany´s Bavarian Landshut and conducting the international business and expansion of the Optogan Group into new markets. Moreover, he will work on a worldwide distribution and trading network with Solid State Lighting (SSL) manufacturers.


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