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Samsung seeks US probe of rival Sharp for alleged patent infringement

Samsung seeks US probe of rival Sharp for alleged patent infringement

Samsung Electronics Co. said Thursday it filed a complaint with U.S. authorities over alleged unfair trade practices and patent infringement by Japanese rival Sharp Corp. involving liquid crystal display panels.
Samsung said in a statement that it filed the complaint with the United States International Trade Commission on Dec. 21.
The Suwon, South Korea-based company, the world's largest maker of liquid crystal displays, claimed that Sharp and two U.S. subsidiaries engaged in unfair trade by importing and selling liquid crystal display products that infringe on four of Samsung's U.S. patents.
Osaka-based Sharp had no comment.
Samsung's complaint came after Sharp earlier this month sued Samsung in a South Korean court, also alleging patent violations for liquid crystal displays. It demanded damages and a halt to manufacturing and sales of affected TVs and display panels.
In August, Sharp filed a similar lawsuit against Samsung in federal court in the U.S. state of Texas. Samsung said it was also pursuing federal lawsuits in Texas and Delaware against Sharp.
Samsung said its complaint with the trade commission calls for it to launch an investigation and order that Sharp products that allegedly infringe on Samsung's patents _ including LCD TVs, monitors, notebook computers and mobile phones _ be kept out of the U.S. market.
"Samsung has and will continue to vigorously protect itself against the infringement and unauthorized use of its intellectual property," Samsung said.
Separately, Samsung also said it asked the Tokyo District Court on Wednesday to prohibit the manufacture and sale in Japan of Sharp LCD TVs it claims incorporate technology that allegedly violates two Japanese patents owned by Samsung.
South Korean and Japanese electronics manufacturers have battled over alleged patent infringements in recent years amid technological advances and intensifying competition for products like hot selling flat screen TVs.


Updated : 2020-12-04 22:45 GMT+08:00