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LG seeking ban on Samsung tablet sales in Korea

PATENT WARS:In the latest of a series of such lawsuits, LG has accused Samsung of LCD patent infringement. Separately, Samsung accused LG of luring away its staff


South Korea’s LG Display Co said yesterday it had asked a Seoul court to ban the domestic sale of Samsung Electronics Co’s Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet computer, citing alleged patent infringements.

In the injunction filed on Wednesday, LG Display accused Samsung of infringing three of its patents on LCD panels used in the Galaxy Note.

“Through this action, LG Display seeks to completely stop the sale, manufacture and importation of the infringing Samsung product,” the firm said in a press release.

The company also said it would request compensation amounting to 1 billion won (US$933,000) per day in the event of continued non-compliance.

The two companies have been in a patent row since September when LG Display — one of the world’s top flat-screen TV makers — filed suits against Samsung Electronics and Samsung Display for allegedly infringing patents on seven organic light-emitting diode (OLED)-related technologies.

LG Display said that five of Samsung’s products, including its global hit Galaxy S smartphones and Galaxy Tab tablet computer, infringed its patents.

Later the same month, Samsung filed a court complaint accusing LG of luring away senior Samsung OLED researchers even though they had signed contracts preventing them working for a rival.

Samsung is no stranger to patent battles. The company and its rival Apple Inc have filed lawsuits against each other in around a dozen countries for alleged patent violations over competing products, in particular the iPhone and Galaxy S smartphones.

Earlier this month, a US judge denied Apple’s request to ban a set of Samsung smartphones from the US market after a jury found the South Korean electronics giant guilty of patent infringement.

Samsung was ordered by a US jury in August to pay Apple US$1.05 billion in damages for illegally copying iPhone and iPad features for its flagship Galaxy S smartphones.

Samsung has appealed the ruling. Since then, two separate rulings by courts in Japan and the Netherlands have dismissed Apple’s claims of patent infringement.

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