LG Display sues Samsung over OLED patents

LG Display sues Samsung over OLED patents

Summary: The firm claims its South Korean counterpart has infringed seven of its patents on organic light-emitting diode (OLED) panel technologies, in devices such as Galaxy S-series smartphones and tablets.

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South Korea's LG Display, the world's number two maker of liquid crystal displays (LCDs), has filed a lawsuit against Samsung Electronics, for allegedly violating its patents on organic light-emitting diode (OLED) panel technologies.

In a press conference in Seoul, LG Display accused Samsung Electronics of infringing seven of its OLED patents on five products, noted an article Thursday by Yonhap news agency. The products include Samsung's Galaxy S-series smart phones and tablet computer Galaxy Tab.

"The company filed a damage suit to protect its indigenous technologies that took an enormous amount of money and people to develop over a long period of time," an LG official said at the press conference.

LG Display did not reveal how much in damages it was seeking.

Samsung has called LG's lawsuit a scheme to overcome its own difficulties, and said it will file a countersuit if necessary, according to the report.

Earlier this month, the tech giant had sought an injunction against LG over technology leaks after workers at Samsung Mobile were arrested for allegedly leaking information to the company.

Samsung is also currenly embroiled in a legal battle with Apple, where it has been accused of infringing Apple patents with some of its mobile devices, including the Samsung Galaxy S and the Galaxy Tab 10.1. The South Korean firm is disputing the US court's verdict ordering it to pay over US$1 billion in damages to the Cupertino-based firm.

Topics: Legal, Patents, Samsung, Smartphones

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  • Time for Google to buy LG

    The Android partners not making money (almost all of them) are going after the only one that is. Motorola indicated they were heading ht way and it got them 12.5 billion. Let's see what LG gets.
    Bruizer
    • Au pair

      That's a great idea. Google could add its search technology to LG's washing machines. Presto, no more socks lost in the washer.
      Robert Hahn
  • Time for Google to buy LG

    The Android partners not making money (almost all of them) are going after the only one that is. Motorola indicated they were heading ht way and it got them 12.5 billion. Let's see what LG gets.
    Bruizer
  • Samsung has history...

    What Samsung has infringed patents, where have I heard that before?

    Samsung has a history of infringing patents, we have seen that with Apple, I wonder how many more companies patents they have infringed?

    I should have became a patent lawyer, boy would I be busy.
    pjc158
  • Go LG!

    Imagine that, Samsung infringed upon a company's patents.
    athynz
  • Wow

    Wait, wasn't OLED Samsung's very own invention???

    Like everything else they steal, that is.
    danbi
  • Of course,

    None of this matters: (from Wikipedia) "By 2004 Samsung, South Korea's largest conglomerate, was the world's largest OLED manufacturer, producing 40% of the OLED displays made in the world, and as of 2010 has a 98% share of the global AMOLED market. The company is leading the world of OLED industry, generating $100.2 million out of the total $475 million revenues in the global OLED market in 2006. As of 2006, it held more than 600 American patents and more than 2800 international patents, making it the largest owner of AMOLED technology patents."

    It only matters that LG is suing Samsung, right?
    benched42