Sharp LCD panels face US import ban over Samsung IP violation

Samsung may have managed to get several models from Sharp's TV and monitor ranges banned from import into the US, after convincing the U.S. International Trade Commission that the products infringe one of its patents.  The IP refers to LCD display technology, with sets from Sharp's Aquos range of HDTVs named as potentially in violation.


While ruling against other Samsung patents the company had accused Sharp of violating, the agency decided that one particular patent, granted in 2004 and titled "Liquid Crystal Display having wide viewing angle", was indeed infringed.  The ITC are now suggesting that Sharp LCD products should be banned from import into the US.

A final ruling in Sharp's complaint against Samsung is yet to be reached, though an ITC administrative judge actually Sharp's spokesperson declined to comment on the ongoing process, while Samsung could not be reached for a statement.