SOLD OUT Blue LED Inventor Shuji Nakamura on Rewarding Innovators in Japan

October 21, 2004
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Corporate Lecture
Thursday, October 21
11:30 am – 1 pm


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Shuji Nakamura
, Professor of Engineering, University of California at Santa Barbara

Jun Makihara
, Chairman, Neoteny Co., Ltd.

Dr. Shuji Nakamura is the creator of blue, green and white light-emitting diodes (LED) and the blue laser. His discoveries propelled his former employer, Nichia Corp., to the top of its industry, but the company denied him just compensation. The recent Tokyo District Court ruling of Dr. Nakamura’s suit against Nichia (in the neighborhood of $200 million) is the first time that the profits of Japanese intellectual property have been awarded to an individual. Dr. Nakamura discusses and compares his experiences as a scientist in Japan and the U.S., the effects of Japan’s corporate culture of self-sacrifice on creativity and innovation, and his vision of the future for Japan’s vaunted spirit of technological innovation.

11:30 am – 12 pm  Registration and reception
12 – 1 pm  Lecture
Admission: Corporate members are entitled to a designated number of free admissions to this event, based on their company’s current membership level. These reservations must be made at least 48 hours prior to the event. Additional corporate registrants pay the discounted corporate member rate of $10. Nonmember admission: $15 lecture only. When payment is required, prepayment must be made, or registration secured, with a credit card. All registrations and cancellations must be made at least 48 hours prior to the event. Substitutions are welcome.

For more information, please contact Ellie Montazeri at (212)715-1247 or [email protected]


  • Thursday, October 21, 2004
  • 11:30 am