Friday, February 15, 2008

[ News, Economy / Industry, December 27 2008] Samsung Electronics countersues Japan's Sharp over LCD

Samsung Electronics, Asia’s largest technology company, said Thursday (Dec. 27) it has countersued Sharp Corp. over the Japanese rival’s alleged infringement of liquid crystal display (LCD) patents and unfair trade practices.

The complaint filed with the U.S. International Trade Commission on Dec. 21 marks the latest salvo in the legal battle over LCD patents between Samsung and Sharp, as competition is intensifying over flat-screen televisions amid a steep fall in panel prices.

In a statement, Samsung claimed Sharp and its two U.S. affiliates sold LCD products that infringe four of the Korean company’s U.S. patents.

Separately, Samsung said it has filed federal lawsuits in the states of Delaware and Texas against Sharp for the alleged infringements.

In addition, Samsung said it sought an injunction against Sharp in the Tokyo District Court on Wednesday, aimed at halting sales of the Japanese company’s LCD TVs that infringe on two patents owned by Samsung.

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