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LG Electronics sues U.S. firm on tech infringement

All Headlines 08:06 March 28, 2017

By Kang Yoon-seung

SEOUL, March 28 (Yonhap) -- South Korean tech giant LG Electronics Inc. said Tuesday it has filed a lawsuit against U.S. phone maker BLU for infringing on its patent on the long-term evolution (LTE) technology.

LG said the U.S. company has violated five of its patents related to the LTE network. It marks the first time for LG Electronics to file a patent lawsuit related to smartphones.

BLU sold some 5.2 million units of smartphones in the United States last year, ranking sixth in the market.

LG Electronics said the lawsuit has been filed at a court in Delaware and requested the U.S. International Trade Commission to suspend sales of BLU smartphones in the country.

The South Korean firm said it has sent four notices to BLU since last year about the patent infringement, but the U.S. firm did not respond.

According to the industry tracker TechIPM, LG Electronics holds the highest number of patents related to the LTE or LTE-A technologies in the United States.

The ruling for the lawsuit is expected to be delivered in the second half of this year.

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