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Samsung Sues LG Display for Lacking Innovation

By - Source: Yonhap News | B 36 comments

Pair have lengthy history in court battles.

Samsung has filed a lawsuit against LG Display accusing that the latter's OLED displays lack innovation.

According to the Yonhap News agency, the suit was filed with an intellectual property tribunal in Korea, which aims to invalidate seven LG patents due to the fact that they "lack innovation".

The ongoing legal dispute between the two technology firms has been well documented. Back in September, LG Display filed a suit against Samsung alleging that it violated seven organic light-emitting diode patents. The company stressed that the conglomerate violated the design of its OLED panels, driver circuitry and device design.

LG asked the court for an unspecified amount in damages and a permanent injunction of five infringing products, including Samsung's best-selling Galaxy S3 smartphone, its Galaxy Tab 7.7 tablet and the Galaxy Note phablet.

During the summer, 11 current and former Samsung Mobile employees stemming from Samsung Mobile were arrested as they were found guilty in stealing and leaking details to LG about a Samsung AMOLED TV. Six of LG's own workers, however, were involved in the theft of Samsung's OLED technology back in 2011 and 2010.

The two Korean firms compete with each other through the AMOLED (active-matrix organic light-emitting diode) display market. These displays provide thinner, brighter and lighter screens than the usual LCD displays.

Samsung's display panel division experienced a return to profitability during the last quarter with operating profit equaling $1 billion, representing a 19 percent increase over the same period last year.


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    murzar , November 21, 2012 3:11 PM
    In that case, the millions of iPhone 5 users should also sue Apple.
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    realibrad , November 21, 2012 3:20 PM
    axilerI didn't know you could sue for the lack of innovation..


    Samsung is trying to say that the patents LG has are invalid, because the patents were not innovative. Samsung believes the patents should never have been given, because they brought nothing new that wasinnovative.

    It beaks down to this...

    I cant patent taking a step where you start with your right foot, becasue its too basic to walking. The patent of taking a first step with your right foot is not innovative.
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    axiler , November 21, 2012 3:09 PM
    I didn't know you could sue for the lack of innovation..
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  • 17 Hide
    axiler , November 21, 2012 3:09 PM
    I didn't know you could sue for the lack of innovation..
  • 25 Hide
    murzar , November 21, 2012 3:11 PM
    In that case, the millions of iPhone 5 users should also sue Apple.
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    murzar , November 21, 2012 3:13 PM
    No wait, the whole smartphone/tablet industry and consumers should sue Apple for the iPhone 5.
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    realibrad , November 21, 2012 3:20 PM
    axilerI didn't know you could sue for the lack of innovation..


    Samsung is trying to say that the patents LG has are invalid, because the patents were not innovative. Samsung believes the patents should never have been given, because they brought nothing new that wasinnovative.

    It beaks down to this...

    I cant patent taking a step where you start with your right foot, becasue its too basic to walking. The patent of taking a first step with your right foot is not innovative.
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    wanderer11 , November 21, 2012 3:28 PM
    axilerI didn't know you could sue for the lack of innovation..


    Samsung is suing to get rid of LG's patents because they lack innovation. You can't patent something that already exists. A patent is supposed to be for a new, unique product.
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    davewolfgang , November 21, 2012 3:32 PM
    Wow...this could void ALL of iCrapple's patents!!!

    When can we start!!!
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    ohim , November 21, 2012 3:39 PM
    At least they fight over some technology not about a rectangular rounded corner shape like others do.
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    MKBL , November 21, 2012 4:02 PM
    The article is misleading, especially the title. The key point of the suit is that Samsung wants certain LGD's patents invalidated on the basis of lack of innovation, not LGD's total lack of innovation. Please don't be a yellow tabloid, Tom's Hardware.
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    A Bad Day , November 21, 2012 4:03 PM
    If I do recall, IBM has a patent on a process of filing for a patent.

    The entire patent system is a sick joke for the software/hardware business.
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    ericburnby , November 21, 2012 4:27 PM
    wanderer11Samsung is suing to get rid of LG's patents because they lack innovation. You can't patent something that already exists. A patent is supposed to be for a new, unique product.

    Sorry, you're wrong. There are countless patents for hammers and light bulbs. If you invent a better hammer, you're allowed to patent it, as long as it's different from existing hammers.

    Another complaint people try to use to invalidate a patent is saying it's obvious. Obvious to who? All good ideas are obvious AFTER you've seen it. That's why people go "why didn't I think of that?" when they some new idea.
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    ericburnby , November 21, 2012 4:32 PM
    davewolfgangWow...this could void ALL of iCrapple's patents!!! When can we start!!!

    An article that doesn't even involve Apple yet some loser tries to bring them into the argument anyway. And even using the term "iCrapple" with the properly capitalized C. What are you, 12?
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    spartanmk2 , November 21, 2012 4:49 PM
    Sweet, im going to sue EA and activision and this basis as well!
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    A Bad Day , November 21, 2012 5:08 PM
    ericburnbySorry, you're wrong. There are countless patents for hammers and light bulbs. If you invent a better hammer, you're allowed to patent it, as long as it's different from existing hammers.Another complaint people try to use to invalidate a patent is saying it's obvious. Obvious to who? All good ideas are obvious AFTER you've seen it. That's why people go "why didn't I think of that?" when they some new idea.


    On the flip side, how do you identify innovation for software or hardware? What do you do when companies (such as Rambus) sit on their patents for more than a decade and never attempt to use it other than setting up a minefield for other companies? What do you do if someone patented your design, YEARS after you were the first one to build it, and got sued?
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    davewolfgang , November 21, 2012 5:12 PM
    Quote:
    An article that doesn't even involve Apple yet some loser tries to bring them into the argument anyway. And even using the term "iCrapple" with the properly capitalized C. What are you, 12?


    LMAO...what are you, the forum police?

    iCrapple (see what I did there...????) has 1,000's of patents for things that DID already exist before they even filed, but yet those patents were approved anyway (we really need to check the approver's house to see how much new stuff he has from them). This would be a way to void those (yes) CLEARLY obvious "ideas", and already in-use tech.

    Patents are supposed to be used for something that doesn't already exist so the creator/inventor can reap the reward for invention. Not used for something that's already in use - JUST to prevent others from using it.

    It DOES relate to the story.
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    Old_Fogie_Late_Bloomer , November 21, 2012 5:22 PM
    If they could, you know, compete a little faster, that would be awesome. Maybe get this desktop monitor thing going?
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    baconeater , November 21, 2012 6:17 PM
    murzarIn that case, the millions of iPhone 5 users should also sue Apple.


    Apple is not even mentioned in this article, and I was just waiting for the first anti-apple message in the comments. Congrats
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    robochump , November 21, 2012 6:42 PM
    Apparently Samsung is now big enough to start suing competitors. Even though Apple gets the most publicity these types of litigation is very common...sue me and I will find something to sue you in return. Then hope for a truce...lol.
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    robochump , November 21, 2012 6:45 PM
    ericburnbyAn article that doesn't even involve Apple yet some loser tries to bring them into the argument anyway. And even using the term "iCrapple" with the properly capitalized C. What are you, 12?


    iHaters are a trolling bunch. It has become a running joke within TH, no harm done :) 
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    baconeater , November 21, 2012 6:56 PM
    robochumpiHaters are a trolling bunch. It has become a running joke within TH, no harm done


    I don't think it's a joke. I think people are really cursing at their computer screens about how much they hate apple. It's sickening.
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    robochump , November 21, 2012 7:01 PM
    baconeaterI don't think it's a joke. I think people are really cursing at their computer screens about how much they hate apple. It's sickening.


    Then its truly sad. Apple is a great American company and they have a right to hate on Apple if they must. Personally I prefer to buy from American company than always from foreign companies since that was a trend during the 80s-90s. Glad to see USA firmly back in the consumer electronics industry!!!
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