LG fires back at Samsung with OLED infringement suit

As the global electronics patent war rages on, the latest move belongs to LG, which has filed an infringement suit against rival Samsung, Korean newswire Yonhap has reported.

The lawsuit, which was filed in at the Seoul Central District Court, alleges that five Samsung devices violate seven LG-held patents related to the design of advanced OLED displays, driver circuitry, and device design. In particular, one of the patents relates to LG’s narrow bezel panel technology.

The alleged infringing devices are Samsung’s higher-end smartphones and tablets, the Galaxy S2, Galaxy S2 HD, Galaxy S3, Galaxy Note, and Galaxy Tab 7.7. There’s no word on whether the Galaxy Note 2, which will launch in the UK on 1 October, will be added to the suit.

LG has said that it will seek damages of 7 billion won (£3.87 million) and a permanent sales ban on the devices in South Korea.

“This lawsuit has been filed both to enforce LG Display's intellectual property rights and promote fair competition. Samsung Electronics and Samsung Display must stop using the patents without permission,” the company said in a statement.

The suit comes after Samsung filed its own OLED-related patent infringement suit against LG earlier this month. Earlier this year, 11 people, including three LG executives, were charged with stealing display technology from Samsung.