In suits filed in the U.S. Federal District Court in Los Angeles and in the Tokyo District Court,is seeking an injunction against future imports of certain Samsung monitors as well as an unspecified amount in compensation.
Plasma display panels (PDPs) are a key component in flat-panel televisions, a market that's DisplaySearch, global shipments of PDPs in 2003 swelled 2.4 times, compared with the previous year, to almost 1.8 million.. According to research firm
In particular, Korean companiesand have been aggressively boosting manufacturing capacity and display sizes. Samsung's display unit, , introduced in February an 80-inch plasma television, which it claimed is the world's largest such device.
Fujitsu, whose joint venture with Hitachi is the market leader in plasma displays, said in a statement that Samsung had rejected its previous requests for "reasonable" settlement.
"Fujitsu has invested over 30 years and very significant resources in developing commercially viable PDP technology," said Masanobu Katoh, the president of Fujitsu's intellectual property group. "We cannot permit others to exploit these valuable inventions without appropriate compensation."
Aloysius Choong of CNETAsia reported from Singapore.