LG wants Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 banned in Korea

South Korea's LG Display has filed an injunction trying to get sales of the 10.1-inch Note blocked in the country.

LG Display has fired back at Samsung in the ongoing patent skirmish between the two Korean companies.

An injunction filed today by LG seeks to ban Samsung's Galaxy Note 10.1 in Korea based on allegations that the tablet 's display panel violates certain LG patents. LG said it filed the suit over Samsung's use of OLED displays, according to Dow Jones Newswires.

The patents in question are related to the viewing technology used in OLED displays, which helps people better see the screen from any angle. In addition to halting sales of the Galaxy Note, LG is also looking for damages of 1 billion won ($933,000) each day in the event of "continued non-compliance," Dow Jones added.

This suit marks the latest action in the OLED (organic light-emitting diode) patent wars between the two display manufacturers.

In September, LG filed a patent lawsuit against Samsung, claiming infringement of seven of its OLED patents . Alleging that Samsung violated the design, driver circuitry, and device design of its OLED panels, that suit wanted an an unspecified amount in damages and a permanent ban on five products, including the Galaxy S3 phone, the Galaxy Tab 7.7 tablet, and the smaller Galaxy Note.

In November, Samsung retaliated by filing its own suit against LG seeking to invalidate the patents in question on the grounds that they "lack innovation."

The bad blood between the two goes back even further.

Earlier this year, 11 current and former Samsung Mobile employees were arrested on charges that they allegedly stole and leaked details to LG about a Samsung AMOLED TV. Six of LG's own workers were also reportedly involved in the theft.

As Korea's top two display manufacturers, LG and Samsung have been jockeying for dominant market share, especially in the area of OLED panels, which are used for smartphones, tablets, and TVs.

Shim Jaeboo, a Samsung Display vice president, told Dow Jones that his company did not infringe on LG's patents and that it will respond to "unjustified claims" made by LG.

CNET contacted both LG and Samsung for comment and will update the story if we receive any information.

 

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