LG suing Samsung over OLED technology patents

Stealing and then getting sued for it seems to be the cool thing right now. Samsung, Google and Motorola Mobility, HTC, Apple and Microsoft are all at each other’s throats because of two letters; IP, or Intellectual Property. Well, step up to the plate LG, who is taking a swing for Samsung.

This time round, Samsung Electronics and Samsung Display have been accused of infringing seven patents around the panel designs, circuit technologies and OLED structures in mobile devices. The Galaxy models SIII, SII, SII HD, Note and Tab 7.7 have all been sounded out. LG has started by seeking a ban on the sale of the products. Lee Bang-soo, Senior Vice President of LG Display went on to say:

It’s too early to talk about expanding the requests for injunctions internationally. But yes, it’s certainly an option we could take. We aren’t expecting anything less than a sincere apology from Samsung.

Even if Samsung did say sorry, it’s an admission of guilt that, given the problems they’re having with Apple right now, they wouldn’t want to make. Lee added:

Samsung has been using our patented OLED technologies without paying royalties. Then it spread rumors that LG Display has been failing to produce small-sized OLED screens used in mobile devices, which we thought was unacceptable and intolerable.

This all follows Samsung filing similar claims against LG for stealing technology involving large-sized OLED screens that would be used for TVs. An eye for an eye perhaps? Although the impact on Samsung losing this one would be greater as there are more mobile devices in the wild than there are OLED TVs.

Samsung is strenuously denying the allegations, intending to countersue, and have said they have the edge with OLED technology therefore wouldn’t need to steal from its rivals.

Source: Korea Times | Image courtesy of thesharpener.net

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I was thinking of starting a "death" pool, but perhaps I should start a "who's next to sue Samsung for patent infringement" pool.

This is the beginning of the technology dark ages where we will not progress much due to everyone suing everyone else

Why do I get the feeling that the progression and advancements of technologies will be greatly hindered by patents and the crap that these greedy companies are pulling.

Astra.Xtreme said,

Uhmm... obviously not. Does $1B ring a bell?

Is Lucy Koh who was in favor of Apple in all time and denied all Samsung's evidence ring a bell to you?
Do the EU courts that lifted the bans of Samsung devices and Apple ran ads of Samsung devices ring a bell to you?

No they don't.
Your mind is stuck at the 1 billion that Apple won cause of an iJudge

Asrokhel said,
Who wants to bet that Apple is behind this!
Isn't LG in with Apple now? They make their screens or something, I can't remember exactly. If that's the case then yes, Apple is at it again.

KCRic said,
Isn't LG in with Apple now? They make their screens or something, I can't remember exactly. If that's the case then yes, Apple is at it again.

I thought sharp was?

mr_sock_00 said,
LG made screens for iphone 4 i believe. Iphone 5 is Japan display, sharp and LG.
So LG is making screens for the iPhone 5 then?

KCRic said,
Isn't LG in with Apple now? They make their screens or something, I can't remember exactly. If that's the case then yes, Apple is at it again.

buckle up...

Samsung makes the iPhone screens that are 'critically acclaimed'.
LG makes high end LCD panels for Samsung