LG Hits Samsung With OLED Display Patent Suit; Galaxy SIII, Galaxy Note Both Accused

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LG has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against fellow South Korean electronics giant Samsung over the latter’s use of advanced OLED display technology in smartphones and tablets, the Wall Street Journal is reporting.

The paper reports that alleged patent infringements include the design of OLED panels, driver circuitry and device design, and says LG intends to seek damages and a permanent injunction against the sale of accused devices in South Korea.

Devices accused of infringing LG’s patents include Samsung’s latest flagship smartphone, the Galaxy SIII, along with the Galaxy Note phablet and the Galaxy Tab 7.7 tablet.

“This lawsuit has been filed both to enforce LG Display’s intellectual property rights and promote fair competition,” LG Display is quoted as saying.

We’ve reached out to Samsung for comment and will update with any response.

Earlier this month Samsung filed its own legal complaint against LG over OLED technology — reportedly accusing LG Display of stealing a number of its display technologies and also passing information to a third party.

The legal skirmishes between the two South Korean rivals don’t end there. Earlier this week LG filed an injunction against some of Samsung’s refrigerator adverts, complaining they include false claims of superior capacity than LG’s refrigerators, the Korea Times reports.