Samsung sues LG seeking to invalidate OLED patents

Samsung sues LG seeking to invalidate OLED patents
Something must not be right with the world. Samsung is taking a competitor to court, which in this day and age is right as rain. However, the defendant is not Apple and instead, is fellow countryman LG. What Samsung wants the court to do is to invalidate some of LG Display's patents related to Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) technology.

Cross-section of an OLED screen

Cross-section of an OLED screen

Samsung filed with the local intellectual property tribunal, stating that seven of LG Display's patents had no innovation behind them and should be invalidated. The move by Samsung against its fellow Korean tech giant had a lot to do with the September countersuit in which LG sued Samsung claiming that Sammy violated LG Display's seven OLED patents with the Samsung Galaxy S III, Samsung Galaxy S II HD, Samsung Galaxy Note, Samsung Galaxy S II and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7. LG filed the suit after Samsung accused LG of stealing some of Samsung's technology for its OLED patents.

Because they don't require backlights like LED panels do, OLED displays are thinner and have been used by Samsung on their handsets and tablets while LG has used the technology for its televisions. But what concerns Samsung, and is the reason why they are being so aggressive with these patents, is that an LG victory in the September suit could possibly keep OLED technology off future Samsung handsets.

source: YonhapNewsAgency via Phandroid

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27 Comments

1. someones4

Posts: 627; Member since: Sep 16, 2012

I actually like OLED screens. And in this case i have no idea who to root for.

19. Mxyzptlk unregistered

So you're saying it's ok for Samsung to sue for ridiculous patent reasons?

26. someones4

Posts: 627; Member since: Sep 16, 2012

I did not say anything, child. My statement is I like OLED display. On one hand, LG may have made this but they do not put them on phones. Samsung on the other hand made it better. i would hate the galaxy line for not having this display. Although i could live with the IGZO display or IPS.

28. troutsy

Posts: 375; Member since: Feb 17, 2012

Don't get angry, he's just a troll using your post to get a premium seat in the comments.

2. AnTuTu

Posts: 1580; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

Well that makes sense.

3. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

Confusion confusion.....what will be the solution??????

4. Android4u

Posts: 456; Member since: Aug 16, 2012

wow....Sammy that's kind of disappointing on your part...let apple Sue their competition... just keep on innovating and you will be fine.

5. Goldeneye

Posts: 419; Member since: Jan 22, 2011

Exactly now it'll be interesting to see crapsung's fanboys sayings, yeah Apple this and that and I'm sure this time is ok.

7. MeoCao unregistered

What makes people angry about Apple's lawsuits is Apple's patents are garbage like rectangle with rounded corners or flat centered screen. OLED is real serious innovation that Samsung spent billions or hundreds of millions to develop so they should protect it, there's no shame. Let the Court decide who is right.

9. Android4u

Posts: 456; Member since: Aug 16, 2012

thats an Invalid argument my friend

10. MeoCao unregistered

LOL, would you tell me where is wrong?

14. Android4u

Posts: 456; Member since: Aug 16, 2012

lol....your entire response is wrong...lg did oled first. and those are garbage patents but nonetheless they are patents.

16. MeoCao unregistered

Your claim is very bold man, the history of the technology is vey complicated and no 1 can claim to be the FIRST. IDK if LG is the 1st to make an OLED product but even then it does not mean LG invented OLED.

17. Android4u

Posts: 456; Member since: Aug 16, 2012

i didnt say they invented it. they probally didnt but they did have it out in the market before samsung.. that's all...the whole sueing game is getting old fast. that's just my honest opinion... but just like assholes, everybody has one.

11. jphillips63

Posts: 253; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

Samsung didn't research and developed oled, LG did and was the first to market it in TV sets Samsung wants to use LG's technology in there hones and tablets. So it'll be a clear winner in LG's behalf on thus lawsuit. Sammy is just wanting to discredit LG for there technology so they can use it in there own products.

12. MeoCao unregistered

I wouldn't say who is right and who is wrong in this case, but SS products are proof that they have done a good job with OLED/AMOLED. But there are perhaps dozens or hundreds of patents related to the technology and it's not surprise that LG and SS clash over some of the patents.

6. redmd

Posts: 1872; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

you should get the idea of what the last sentence is about

22. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

have you read it properly??? Lg sued Samsung and Samsung just want to invalidate stolen patents ;)

8. Quezdagreat

Posts: 428; Member since: Apr 05, 2012

I hope lg wins the lawsuit, those damn copycat

13. oister85

Posts: 506; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

what i thought samsung and lg were like brothers i guess not i wrote this comment on my psvita

15. Android4u

Posts: 456; Member since: Aug 16, 2012

and anyone else that tells you different obviously can't tell their ass from their elbow..

18. joey18

Posts: 647; Member since: Jul 20, 2010

i hate samsung later they will s google

20. christianqwerty

Posts: 467; Member since: May 05, 2011

Let me guess, " it's apple's fault for starting it!"

24. kobainez

Posts: 454; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

WTH???? SONY SHOULD SUE SAMSUNG BECAUSE SONY IS THE ONE THAT INVENTED OLED BUT SAMDUNG STOLE IT

25. bluexperia

Posts: 41; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

since suing is a trend now, why dont they sue each other in a sequence. samsung>apple>lg>samsung.. eventually they will get their money backs.. hahaha.. makes me wanna use nokia again...

27. Kronic

Posts: 321; Member since: Sep 11, 2012

So apple is not the only one.

30. rex1213

Posts: 77; Member since: Jul 29, 2011

Oh Sammy! You should have done the same approach on Apple's suit on rounded corners. Yes, I'm talking about questioning the validity of the patent.

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