Cree LED has invested significant resources in developing new technologies to lead the LED lighting revolution. Cree LED’s technologies encompass new materials systems, such as Group III nitrides and silicon carbide, compound semiconductor devices for LED lighting, and LED-based systems, such as LCD backlighting systems and general illumination systems. Cree LED continues to invest in research and development to enable new products and facilitate market growth. Cree LED protects many of its innovations by obtaining patents. As of April 2022, Cree LED has more than two thousand patents and pending applications in the US and Worldwide.

Cree LED may choose to partner with other parties and promote the use of its proprietary technology through intellectual property licensing. A license to Cree LED’s patents can enable other companies to improve existing products, enter new markets or speed time-to-market of new products

A description of the licensing programs offered by Cree LED may be found on the Licensing Programs web page. Should you wish to explore licensing Cree LED technology, including programs not described on the Cree LED Licensing Programs web page, please send an email describing your interest to: [email protected]

A list of Cree LED licensees may be found on this website on the CreeLED Licensees web page. With this information you can ensure that you are receiving licensed products from your supplier. Cree LED trademark information may be found on the Trademark web page.


Cree LED has established outbound patent licenses, as well as cross-licenses, with key players in the LED industry.  Exemplary licensees include Advanced Optoelectronic Technology Inc., Epistar, Lextar Electronics Corporation, Nichia Corp., Osram GmbH and Toyoda Gosei Co., Ltd.

Licensing Programs

The following table shows some of Cree LED’s active patent licensing programs. Each program provides rights to certain Cree LED patents needed to manufacture products within the program description scope. Cree LED will also develop customized licensing programs to address specific products.

If you would like further information about these programs or licensing other Cree LED patents, address via email to: [email protected].

License ProgramProgram Description
LED ChipsLicense to manufacture and sell LED chips.
LED ComponentsLicense to manufacture and sell LED components.