by J. Angelo Racoma, 5 months ago
As the legal system would have it, patent disputes can be more complicated than they initially look. While Apple has already won in its claim against Samsung in California, both companies have been filing…
If you’re not already sick of the never-ending smartphone patent wars then here’s some more lawsuit shenanigans for you to sink your teeth in to.
Samsung has filed against sevens patents owned by rival company LG, which they allege infringe on their own patents for liquid crystal displays. Samsung is claiming that LG directly copied their plane-to-line switching (PLS) technology, which was patented back in 1997, and simply renamed it AH-IPS without paying royalties.
As a result Samsung is seeking 2 billion won, or about $1.86 million, in damages as well as an injunction to prohibit the sale of the infringing deceives, which includes LG's Optimus G and Optimus Vu2 smartphones.
This is just another case in a long list of battles between the two companies. Back in September LG filed a similar suit against seven of Samsungs own patents for the same technology. Interestingly though this case doesn’t seem to be motivated by money, as a senior Samsung executive recently stated:
“The fight is a matter of pride. Damage compensation is not a real issue. I think both of us seek to be recognized as a leader in the global display-making industry through the legal battle.’’
I guess lawsuit money is just chump change for Samsung.