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Samsung Sues LG Over OLED Patents
Samsung has sued LG Display over a number of patents relating to its OLED technology.
According to the Yonhap News Agency, the South Korean electronics giant is seeking invalidation of seven patents held by Samsung, the world’s No. 2 maker of liquid crystal displays.
The lawsuit, filed with a South Korean intellectual property tribunal, claims that seven of LG’s OLED smartphone and tablet display patents “are invalid as they lack innovation,” Yonhap News said.
The companies have been at odds since September, the Wall Street Journal reported. At the time, LG filed a patent infringement suit against Samsung, claiming violation of the same seven patents and requesting a permanent ban on the sale in South Korea of the infringing devices, including the flagship Galaxy S III
“This lawsuit has been filed both to enforce LG Display’s intellectual property rights and promote fair competition,” LG said in September.
Earlier this year, six LG Display employees were charged with stealing Samsung Mobile Display technology. Employees of the second-largest flat-panel manufacturer leaked or stole Samsung’s OLED technology and business secrets. Two of the accused are former Samsung Mobile employees; a total of 11 people were charged, six of whom worked at LG.
LG and Samsung both unveiled 55-inch OLED TVs at this year’s CES, saying at the time that the devices would debut in summer 2012. But according to NPD DisplaySearch, the sets will likely be available only in small volumes by the end of 2012.
By Stephanie Mlot, PCMag