LG files OLED tech patent suit against Samsung in South Korea

Another day brings another patent suit in the technology world. LG Display has announced that it has filed a patent-infringement lawsuit against Samsung Electronics in South Korea over OLED display technology. The suit covers displays used in smartphones and tablet computers.

LG alleges in the suit that Samsung is infringing on seven patents having to do with the design of OLED panels, driver circuitry, and device design. LG is seeking damages and a permanent injunction against the sale of infringing devices in South Korea. The devices that LG claims infringe on its patents include the Samsung Galaxy S III, Galaxy Tab 7.7, and the Galaxy Note.

LG claims that it filed the suit to enforce its intellectual property rights and to promote fair competition. Samsung says that it will review the suit and consider any legal action if needed. Samsung had previously accused 11 people, including six LG Display employees, of stealing OLED technology.

Two of those 11 people used to work for Samsung. Naturally, LG Display has denied involvement in any theft of Samsung technology. Samsung said that LG's lawsuit "seems to be an inevitable choice to reverse its negative image due to OLED technology theft from Samsung."

[via WSJ]