LG Display files suit against Samsung over OLED patents

By on September 27, 2012, 2:00 PM

Samsung lawyers have had their hands full with Apple as of late and it appears their workload isn’t going to lighten up anytime soon. LG Display, the second largest maker of liquid crystal displays in the world, filed a lawsuit against the Korean giant today concerning patent violation.

LG announced the lawsuit during a press conference in Seoul where they claim Samsung had infringed on seven patents related to organic light-emitting diode (OLED) technology. An LG official told those in attendance that they filed a damage suit to protect technologies that took an enormous amount of time / man power to develop and to promote fair competition.

The lawsuit orders Samsung Electronics and Samsung Mobile Display to stop using the patents in question and pay damages for products already on the market that use the infringing patents. It’s unclear how much money LG is after but they did name five products in the suit including the Galaxy S-line of smartphones as well as the Galaxy Tab 7.7 tablet.

Samsung plans to file a countersuit if necessary, claiming the lawsuit is little more than a scheme by LG to overcome their own difficulties following its “systematic leak of Samsung’s OLED technologies.” Samsung filed an injunction against LG earlier this month alleging they made 18 of their OLED patents public by offering information related to them to a third party.

It looks like we could be in store for yet another long and drawn out legal battle.




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ShadowDeath said:

Everyone wants a chunk of Samsung it seems.

1 person liked this | tw0rld tw0rld said:

Everyone wants a chunk of Samsung it seems.

This is what happens when you are the big dog. Everyone wants apiece of you.

Guest said:

See what happens when you copy...:p

Guest said:

Long before android came, Samsung is often copying LG's design when they're still using symbian.. so this is not about everyone wants a piece of Samsung.. or more appropriately Samsung got bigger after having a piece (read: copying) from other.. you reap what you sow

Guest said:

Why do I get a feeling LG is being blackmailed by you-know-who. Kinda like, "If you don't sue them, we will sue you as well!"

/tinfoil hat

On a serious note, I really had know idea LG had this patent. I mean, I've seen Samsung showing off their first OLED mobile concept 2-3 years ago and never heard anything from LG then.

ShadowDeath said:

Long before android came, Samsung is often copying LG's design when they're still using symbian.. so this is not about everyone wants a piece of Samsung.. or more appropriately Samsung got bigger after having a piece (read: copying) from other.. you reap what you sow

I find it funny how they LG suddenly decides that they care about Samsung copying them. OLED has been thrown into Samsung's phones for a while now. The Nexus S for one had an OLED screen and suddenly..2 years later... "OH MY GOD! THEY COPIED US!"

Chazz said:

Im quite sure Samsung is suing LG. LG is trying to fire back. At least I remember reading something like that a while ago. it's getting hard to keep track.

Twixtea said:

Im quite sure Samsung is suing LG. LG is trying to fire back. At least I remember reading something like that a while ago. it's getting hard to keep track.

Yea, I remember something about it.

Guest said:

Karma is a bianchy. Filed suit against Apple and now you get your own medicine. By the way all that lawsuit with Apple and samesong was started by Samsung. It is kind of funny coming from samsung bianching about one patent when they infringed on several of Apples but now Karma is going to be a bianchy. For all the companies samsong copy are sue happy. And they just like everyone elso are going to wino. Samsung is going to be bullied out of existence. Perhaps one day so devalued. Apple is going to buy. Woo hooo.

SCJake said:

I gotta say, if samsung is so bad/evil how come they are the big dog? hmm? I remember a certain group of people hating apple for being the big dog. Basically goes to show. Sheep hate whoever the big guy is soley for the reason of "other sheep hate him so I should".

Personally samsung phones seem cheap and very plastic/unfinished to me, but hey, theyre packing them with features and selling them cheaper than others. Isnt that what market competition is about? making a product and undercutting your competition while still making your product worth it to buy at that price range?

Apple's products (anything that runs any iOS) are "nice and shiny" and feel very finished hardware wise, but are WAYYYYYY too locked down for my taste, and always seem to be charging a premium for hardware comparable to other phones.

Personally I like the Motorola phones. Feels very solid, still using my droid 2 (first release) and loving it. Actually feels like im holding something, and still responsive. Now, after the google buyout, id love to see what they can pull off with the droid 5 in december as I almost got the 4 until I realized that my 2 works perfectly fine except for the camera is a little busted up from me being hard on phones

Guest said:

Some people just deal in misinformation arn't you mr big dog? Last time I check Apple is innovated in the U.S. Assembled in China. 300 mil population and 2 billion population. Samsung is what? North or south Korea. Texas state size. SO who is the big dog? What is Apples sales 30 million within weeks? Samsong for years of copy of iphone in dumb way. And did not have market share much so they started sueing to get sympathy from consumers. And sheep consumers bought that so started getting their phones out of sympathy. And now samsong lost the battle they started. Big dog gets run over by the bulldozer of karma and justice they themselves sought. This is priceless.

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