Samsung office raided over LG OLED tech theft allegations

Samsung Display's offices in Asan, South Korea, have been raided by police in connection with a claim that Samsung had stolen LG's OLED TV technology. Samsung, who dominate the market for OLED panels, told reporters that the South Korean police service raided their office looking for documents that would link a recent leak of LG OLED technology to them. The two giants have been involved in criminal probes into alleged technology theft since last year. Last July, six LG employees were charged with OLED theft from Samsung. 

A Samsung spokesperson told Bloomberg: "[Samsung] have no reason to steal other companies' technology, as we have the world’s best OLED technology." According to LG, they did not report the theft to the police. Son Young Jun, an LG Display spokesman, released a statement saying that the "latest investigation is related to large-sized OLED TV panel technology, but the police have made the allegation themselves." The Korean police agency declined multiple requests by Bloomberg for comment. 

Previously, LG stated that the information six of their employees were charged with stealing were not trade secrets, and were widely known information. LG have beaten Samsung to releasing their first "large" OLED TV set in the U.S, with the date set for later in 2013 (delayed from March). Samsung have not announced any plans to ship an OLED TV in the U.S. 

Source: Bloomberg | Image via ITers News

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maxslaterrobins said,
The interesting thing here is that LG didn't inform the police, the police decided to raid Samsung's office on other information.

Yea, saw that. Guess certain countries allows authorities to do this.

techbeck said,

Yea, saw that. Guess certain countries allows authorities to do this.

As far as I know, there isn't the need for someone to press charges for the police to investigate a crime.

A question for you: Where you live, if the police was investigating something and found out about another crime during this investigation, wouldn't it get the apropriate warrants to raid an office? Or would it just ignore the crime?

I'm going to call bullsh*t
If I'm wrong, I'm wrong.
Ironically I remember seeing a lot of Samsung and LG products in my local Currys (UK) that were for all intents and purposes, identical looking, 'cept for the branding....
(yes I am aware both companies are Korean)

If it was true than LG would have also tried to fix there Retina screens for Apple using that information which suppose they stole.

So now we have LG saying Samsung steals their IP, are they the third or forth company to say this so far?

Well, I'm not in the market for a new TV at this point but I own both Samsung and LG tvs.

GP007 said,
So now we have LG saying Samsung steals their IP, are they the third or forth company to say this so far?

Well, I'm not in the market for a new TV at this point but I own both Samsung and LG tvs.

Samsung have been stealing IP since the dawn of time, that is one reason why pretty much no one in the manufacturing industry likes them. In previous cases, Nokia have submitted prototyped hardware to them and they have just blatantly ripped off the engineering.

ingramator said,

Samsung have been stealing IP since the dawn of time, that is one reason why pretty much no one in the manufacturing industry likes them. In previous cases, Nokia have submitted prototyped hardware to them and they have just blatantly ripped off the engineering.

Microsoft has been stealing IP a hell of a lot longer than Samsung...as well as a lot of other companies. To rag on one company for doing it and not another is hypocritical. And these are allegations...nothing proven here.

And no one in the manufacturing industry likes them? Really? Umm, alrighty then.

Talk about copying...

Panorama + Notification Bar + Folders = Android
Reject calls with SMS = Android
iMaps = Google Maps (Opps)
Ping = Facebook, Twitter
iPad = Samsung´s Photoframe
iPad Mini = Dell Streak
iPod = Creative Technology and Walkman
‘iPhone' name = Linksys' iPhone®
Original iPhone = Samsung's S700 Mp3 Player
iPhone 4 & 4S = LG's Prada
iMessage = BlackBerry Messenger
Siri = Xiaoi Bot + Nuance
App Store = Ubuntu Software Center
Bigger Screen = Everybody else
MacBook Air = HP's Sojourn
Macsafe = Asian Crockery
Thunderbolt = Intel
OSX, iOS = Unix
Newton = Psion Series 3, HP 95LX
Apple Logo = Genesis 1:6, 3:6
Aluminum = Cheapest Metal
Plastic = ($$$ Reinforced Polymers)
Security = Buy a new one...

ahhell said,
Where the hell did MS come into this discussion? Nice try pushing your lame agenda.

Its called showing that a ton of other companies steal IP left and right and this is really nothing new.

Not hard to understand if you can read plain English.

And where did Nokia come in to this? I guess you missed that comment from another member and only felt the need to comment on what I said....

techbeck said,

Its called showing that a ton of other companies steal IP left and right and this is really nothing new.

Not hard to understand if you can read plain English.

And where did Nokia come in to this? I guess you missed that comment from another member and only felt the need to comment on what I said....

I think you will find Microsoft have, whether you like it or not, shaped technology as we know it. We are talking kernels, graphics, file handling, data bases, CPU architecture, GPUs, peripherals, gaming, IM, servers, user authentication, pretty much HTTP and a lot of the early internet, operating systems, ergonomics, digital sound reproduction among many many other things. Microsoft have had and still has the highest R&D budget of any tech company.

There is a whole lot of Microsoft IP being used in everything from your smartphone to the computer system in your car. Can't say that Samsung has actually really done much more than lame innovations off/steal existing stuff, complain when they aren't making enough money and manipulate the electronic hardware market. MS don't need to steal IP, they are an invention and innovation powerhouse.

ahhell said,
His comment was actually related to Samsung. Yours was just nonsense.

According to you....get over yourself. Your comment was more nonsense

Dont like what I say, ignore it. That isnt to hard to do you know.

Good, glad I actually got a thoughtout response to what I said....


I think you will find Microsoft have, whether you like it or not, shaped technology as we know it.

True, but that wasn't what I was commenting about. My point is that a ton of companies have made their money, or gotten started, on stealing/borrowing/using others IP. It is easy to blame a certain company, especially since the are hot topics.

MS don't need to steal IP, they are an invention and innovation powerhouse.

But they have...the point I was making. Seems like every large company is hit with stealing IP. Microsoft was not always the innovator and has had issues in the past, and currently in the present. And speaking of Samsung, the police were the ones raiding Samsung, LG didnt instigate it at all. So really it is up in the air if Samsung really stole anything. And LG employees have been accused of stealing LG IP as well.

Just another big mess in the tech world. Tomorrow, some other companies will be in the news.

techbeck said,

Its called showing that a ton of other companies steal IP left and right and this is really nothing new.

Not hard to understand if you can read plain English.

And where did Nokia come in to this? I guess you missed that comment from another member and only felt the need to comment on what I said....

Nokia is suing Samsung for technology theft regarding bendable phone. And I think transparent ones as well.

it's beautiful. two companies fighting desperately to take credit for what i think will be the last major advancement in display technology. With OLED you can't really get better color, contrast, thinness or energy efficiency. The last barrier is longevity.

DrakeN2k said,
There is always smell o vision and 4D !

Just improve the regular 3d to avoid headache/ eye strain that would be enough.

You really think this is the last major advancement in display technology?? What about holographic displays, high refresh rate colour e-ink displays, displays that are actually able to reproduce the full colour gamut that our eyes can see, 4k and 8k TVs. The list goes on.

I mean don't get me wrong, its a big advancement, but there are bigger ones that are going to happen over the next decade or two that will make it near impossible to distinguish images shown on displays from the real world. Can't wait for screens on wallpaper though, that's where OLED technology is heading

Technology never stops advancing.

bigmehdi said,

Just improve the regular 3d to avoid headache/ eye strain that would be enough.

All viewing angles without glasses would even be a huge step.

And you've never even seen a laser display. This isn't the 'best possible' TV tech ever, it WILL be dated in a few years and replaced by something superior.

high refresh rates and larger resolutions aren't major new technologies. it's just making the current one bigger and faster. e-ink is largely going to stick to mobile devices and more colors is simply a tweak like adding yellow to todays LCDs . Also, I hope that 4k or 8k never take off. 1080p is more than good enough. HDMI is awesome. Blu-ray is awesome. Make the resolution much more and some people get motion sickness. Besides, I don't want to be able to see inside celebrity's pores with super high-res video. Normal high-res is good.