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LG Display sues Samsung over patent infringement

All Headlines 15:23 September 27, 2012

SEOUL, Sept. 27 (Yonhap) -- LG Display Co., the world's No. 2 maker of liquid crystal displays, filed a lawsuit Thursday against tech giant Samsung Electronics Co. over alleged violation of its patents.

In a press conference in Seoul, LG Display claimed Samsung Electronics, the world's largest smartphone manufacturer, had infringed seven of its patents on organic light-emitting diode panel technologies.

"The company filed a damage suit (against Samsung) to protect its indigenous technologies that took an enormous amount of money and people to develop over a long period of time," an LG official told the press conference.

"Samsung Electronics and Samsung Display must immediately stop using patented technologies and pay due amount in damages for their use of patented technologies," the official said.

The company did not reveal how much it is seeking in damages, only noting Samsung's five products, including its global hit Galaxy S-series smart phones and tablet computer Galaxy Tab, infringed its patents.

LG Display is an affiliate of LG Electronics Inc., the country's No. 2 mobile phone maker after Samsung Electronics. LG Display also competes with Samsung Electronics for the top position in the global market for displays.

The damage suit against Samsung comes amid the company's long and heated battle with its U.S. competitor Apple Inc., which, too, claims the South Korean company's Galaxy S smartphones violated some of its key technology and design patents.

A U.S. federal court ruled in favor of Apple on Aug. 24 after its nine-member jury awarded the Silicon Valley-based Apple US$1 billion in damages.

Samsung continues to fight an uphill battle after the United States' International Trade Commission rejected its own damage claim against Apple earlier this month.

bdk@yna.co.kr
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