Samsung and LG at odds over eye-tracking technology patents

March 19, 2013

LG Optimus G Pro vs Samsung Galaxy Note 2 aa 600px 1

Samsung may consider Apple to be its biggest rival in the global smartphone wars, but the company has completely dominated the Android scene over the past few years and other Android OEMs have taken the fight to Samsung, in more ways than one. HTC decided to show off its flagship HTC One right outside where the Samsung Galaxy S4 was launched, and LG parodied the Galaxy S4 pre-launch teaser by using a similar ad for the Optimus G Pro.

While these advertising strategies may be all “fun and games,” things are a lot more serious on the home front, where LG is considering a potential patent infringement lawsuit against Samsung over the use of eye-tracking technology, according to Yonhap. Both companies employ this technology in their latest flagship offerings, the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the LG Optimus G Pro, but LG claims that the company had applied for this patent in August 2009.

The feature, called “Smart Pause” by Samsung and “Smart Video” by LG, works very similarly on both devices and pauses a video when the user looks away, and plays the video again when the user looks at the device. Both companies have advertised this eye-tracking technology as an important feature for their latest high-end offerings.

An LG official has said that the company will be reviewing possible patent infringements when the Samsung Galaxy S4 is made available. Of course, Samsung has replied by denying any such patent infringement, and is claiming to own the original technology, and also using different methods to apply this feature.

It’ll be interesting to see if such a lawsuit goes ahead and whether there is any truth to LG’s claim, or whether the two companies will be able to work things out as they did in the past regarding a clash over their respective display technologies.

Comments

  • RarestName

    ._.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jayzee16 Jayzee Dizon

    LG copied the design of the Note II right ?

    • http://www.facebook.com/angelo.michael.7 Angelo Michael

      SAMSUNG COPIED THE ORIGINAL DESIGN OF LG PHONE BEFORE S3…

  • uu

    hmmm?? i think i read some articles from the past months that samsung filed patent for such??
    and SMARTSTAY is an eye-tracking tech right?

    oh LG getting some buzz to make ur brand come to life :D
    why not look at ur optimus g pro design haha, copying at its most obvious level

    • http://www.facebook.com/angelo.michael.7 Angelo Michael

      LG WAS THE ORIGINAL ! SAMSUNG COPIED LG’S IDEA AS ALWAYS…

  • http://www.facebook.com/jayzee16 Jayzee Dizon

    LG shouldn’t did this, because Samsung will say “YOU COPIED OUR DESIGN (Note II) AND WE DID’NT EVEN CARE BECAUSE WE’RE ALREADT #1 and NOW YOUR SUING US FOR COPYING YOUR TECHNOLOGY?”

    • http://www.facebook.com/angelo.michael.7 Angelo Michael

      LOL!
      samsung is the real copycat dude!
      LG was the first manufacturer to made a fully touchscreen phone with a rectangular shape & round corners…

      SAMSUNG COPIED LG’S IDEAS AND DESIGN BEFORE THE EXISTING OF S3…OR NOTE2…

      • Faiz

        Nah dude they’re copying each other, considering that they’re practically neighbours.

      • Jixxerboy

        LG aka Lame ASS Gadget.. FOH!

      • NATE SWIMMING

        Angelo Michael LAME PEOPLE..
        GO AWAY..
        WE NO NEED UR COMMENT

  • Netto

    Well fights between Samsung and LG in South Korea isn’t anything new, been going on for years, between TV/monitor panels for example.

  • rxoXx manga

    If android companies could stop arguing and make made patent exchanges in order to achieve a better products for the consumers that’d be great.

  • Franz Castillo

    LG vs Samsung..hmm who will win…anyways, love those two devices in the picture…it’s the G Pro and S4 right?

  • Iram Ali

    Nothing new for Plastic Sam. They been stealing and copying for years. That’s why in the next couple of years they gonna be getting sued left right and centre

    • Gerard R

      says the Iram, who probably contributes jack s**t to this world except anarchy,

  • yungqb7

    LG. When you learn how to upgrade, then you can talk.

  • mirza

    i love both phones i want to have one like this or something it only must be a smartphone with android !!! nothing more