After the loss to Apple, Samsung faces more time in the courtroom
Samsung is no stranger to the courtroom in many different countries around the world. The most visible one here in the US was the recent decision in August where they were judged to have violated Apple patents with an award of $1 billion. Samsung is now trying to get a new trial claiming juror misconduct and that may be a long shot in getting a new trial. Now, LG has filed a suit in South Korea, making claims against Samsung for violating 7 patents, one of which includes their OLED display technology, the stakes for both companies are high.
Both Samsung and LG produce touch screens, so they are in direct competition with each other and it is an intense competition for business. Both use OLED screens on devices, such as smart phones and covet their intellectual property rights as a marketing advance. Any hint of infringement is going to create problems and an associated lawsuit. With the 7 patent infringement claims, one of which includes the very popular Galaxy S3 and the Galaxy Note. This makes the stakes very high for both companies.
This comes after Samsung filed an injunction against LG this month against LG technologies related to a number of Samsung technologies which were alleged to have been taken from Samsung and sold to LG. This stems from earlier leaks where outside auditors were accused of leaking information they had taken. All of that seems to be cloudy as to exactly what did happen. This created heightened concerns from both companies with regards to their intellectual property and rights.
Samsung has also fired several employees at its Samsung Mobile division for allegedly leaking product information to LG. All of this is feeding the actions by both companies. So, the two technology giants are going to be battling it out in the courtroom in an effort to protect their intellectual property as well as their product markets. This is far from being resolved and will be a big topic for while.