Osram Files LED lawsuits against LG and Samsung

Aug 23, 2011 Osram (Germany) has reported that it has filed a patent infringement complaint in South Korea against LG and Samsung. Osram believes that LG and Samsung have violated patents on LED lighting commonly used in TV sets and computer displays.

"We respect the property rights of other companies and expect the same from other market participants," said Aldo Kamper, chief executive of Osram Opto Semiconductors, to the press.
Osram is seeking a ban on products that use contested LEDs, along with damages and interest. It also expects to have cancelled patents filed by LG and Samsung. Osram has filed analogous lawsuits in China, Germany, Japan and the United States.

In response Samsung has issued an official press release stating "We are aware of the press release from Osram reporting its legal actions against Samsung LED and Samsung Electronics in South Korea. We have not received the legal documents.  However, Samsung LED previously sued Osram in Korea and the United States to stop Osram from infringing Samsung LED patents and to invalidate Osram's patents. Osram's actions in South Korea are a typical and expected response to Samsung's legal actions and appear to be an attempt to delay Samsung LED's infringement action against Osram in Korea."

Last month, Samsung LED filed a complaint with the US International Trade Commission in which it has requested the ITC to issue an exclusion order barring importation of products of Osram, Osram Opto Semiconductors, and Osram Sylvania Inc. into the United States.  Samsung LED also filed suit for patent infringement in the United States District Court for the District of Delaware to seek damages and a permanent injunction barring Osram's infringement.

Samsung LED alleges infringement of eight patents on core LED technologies. The patented technology is used in a wide range of products, including lighting, automobiles, projectors, cell phone screens, and televisions. Osram's TOPLED, DRAGON, OSLON, CERAMOS, and OSLUX devices, and the products in which they are used, are targets of Samsung LED's complaints.  In June, Samsung LED also filed a patent infringement action against Osram in a Korean court.  

Sources:
http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/samsung-led-responds-to-osrams-legal-complaint-128215688.html

http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5gjkLyzdg8lswXe7Ugj--n62Xllfw?docId=CNG.f83ec61b463c427ae51d6ee4c5c2e5c7.161

Author:  Alice Jones

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