Samsung Electronics hits back at rival LG Electronics
Move came after LG Display filed a patents suit in September
Seol Korea (19 November,2012 ) – South Korea’s Samsung Electronics has hit back at rival LG in a patents row over Next Generation Display Panels, with both firms accusing the other of stealing technology and senior staff to grab a lead in the market.
Samsung Display, an affiliate of Samsung Electronics, asked a Seoul patents court last week to annul seven patents related to organic light-emitting diode (OLED) panel technologies held by LG, a company spokesman said Monday.
Samsung argued that the technologies lacked the originality and innovation to warrant a patent.
“These are typical legal steps to defend a company’s stance in a patent infringement suit,” the Samsung spokesman told AFP.
The move came after LG Display , one of the world’s top flat-screen TV, makers filed a patents suit in September against the two Samsung units for allegedly infringing seven of its OLED technologies.
LG said that five of Samsung’s products, including its global hit Galaxy S-series smartphones and tablet computer Galaxy Tab, infringed its patents.
Later in the same month, Samsung filed a court complaint accusing LG of luring away senior Samsung OLED researchers even though they had signed contracts preventing them working for a rival.
What is OLED Technology
OLED or organic light emitting diode is a lightemitting diode (LED) in which the emissive electroluminescent layer is a film of organic compound which emits light in response to an electric current.
This layer of organic semiconductor material is situated between two electrodes. Generally, at least one of these electrodes is transparent.
Use of OLED Technology
OLEDs are used to create digital displays in devices such as television screens, computer monitors, portable systems such as mobile phones, handheld games consoles and PDAs.