South Korean tech consumer goods manufacturer LG has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against fellow South Korean tech giant Samsung, over the use of LG's OLED displays patented technology in the latter's smartphones and tablets.
According to Wall Street Journal reports, LG has claimed that Samsung has infringed seven patents related to the design of OLED panels, device design and driver circuitry. LG is hoping for a permanent injunction against the sale of devices using its patented technology in South Korea. The company is also seeking compensation for the damages caused by Samsung. The devices which allegedly infringed LG"s technology include Samsung Galaxy S3, Galaxy Note and Galaxy Tab 7.7.
“This lawsuit has been filed both to enforce LG Display"s intellectual property rights and promote fair competition," LG Display is quoted as saying.
Further, LG representatives have informed that the lawsuit has been filed to protect the intellectual property rights of the company and to establish fair competition.
Reportedly, Samsung has responded by saying that it will review the suit and will take legal actions if necessary. Earlier this month Samsung filed its own legal complaint against LG over OLED technology — reportedly accusing LG Display of stealing a number of its display technologies and also passing information to a third party.
At that time, Samsung had accused 11 people including 6 employees from LG Display for copying on their OLED technology. Two of the accused people were former employees of Samsung.
Consequently, LG had denied the accusation saying that it was not involved in theft of any technology from Samsung. Samsung representatives claimed that the recent lawsuit filing by LG is an attempt by the later to cover up the negative image caused by the theft of OLED technology from Samsung.