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U.S. trade commission opens investigation into alleged patent violations by Samsung

Corporate Newsroom 19:32 September 23, 2022

SEOUL, Sept. 23 (Yonhap) -- The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) said Friday it has opened an investigation into alleged patent violations by Samsung Electronics Co. over outdoor electronics displays.

The formal investigation was initiated following a complaint on Aug. 19 by Manufacturing Resources International (MRI), an Atlanta-based manufacturer of outdoor and semi-outdoor digital liquid-crystal displays, which alleged that the South Korean tech giant infringed on its five patents.

The patents concern cooling systems for electronic displays used in outdoor kiosks, according to a notice posted by ITC.

MRI claimed that products of Samsung Electronics and its affiliate Samsung SDS Co. infringe on certain MRI patents.

The U.S. company asked ITC, after the investigation, to "issue a limited exclusion order and cease and desist orders" against Samsung, according to the notice.

Samsung has expanded its digital indoor and outdoor signage businesses in recent years. It has joined in a multi-year effort to upgrade the ballpark of the New York Mets as a display and technology solutions partner.

It has also been tapped to provide technology solutions to Hollywood Park in California, home to SoFi Stadium, which is currently being developed into a massive retail and entertainment district.

Samsung declined to comment on the matter.

This photo provided by Samsung Electronics Co. on Feb. 11, 2022, shows its Infinity Screen installed at SoFi Stadium in August 2020. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

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