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Samsung sues LG over OLED tech leaks

updated 06:56 pm EDT, Mon September 10, 2012

Seeks $880,514 for each infraction

Samsung has filed an injunction against LG, alleging that LG has continually and egregiously stolen Samsung's technologies in order to compete in the OLED (organic light-emitting diode) market space. Sources tell Yonhap News that Samsung seeks $880,514 in compensation for each case in which LG has used Samsung technologies or made public the confidential intellectual properties underlying those technologies. Samsung is currently the overwhelming leader in the OLED sector, claiming nearly 99 percent of the world's OLED market.

Samsung submitted to the Seoul Central District Court documents on 18 confidential technologies related to OLED screens, along with 21 other detail. The South Korean company alleges that LG has been actively recruiting former Samsung employees with the goal of getting them to reveal what they know about Samsung's OLED manufacturing processes and other business secrets. Samsung has, over the past decade, put about $886 million into research and development for its OLED technologies.

In July of this year, 11 people, including a number of senior engineers that had worked -- and in some cases still worked -- for Samsung, were indicted on charges of leaking confidential information from Samsung to LG. Samsung called for LG to formally apologize and to pledge not to poach any more Samsung employees.

LG has continually denied the allegations, claiming that it would sue Samsung for defamation in the near future. LG alleges that it does not need Samsung's technology and that its own devices operate "under a totally different display system." LG claims that the information it gained from former Samsung engineers did not include trade secrets, as it was "widely known in the industry."




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