LG Electronics Sues for Ban of German Cars

      September 29, 2011 11:36

      LG Electronics and LG Innotek on Wednesday filed a lawsuit against BMW Korea, Audi Korea and their dealerships and service centers to ban the sales of such German cars in Korea, a spokesman said. The suit, filed at the Seoul Central District Court, hinges on a patent dispute about LED.

      BMW and Audi are using LED headlamps from Osram, a German LED lamp manufacturer, which LG claims violates its patents for technologies to extend the lifespan of LED lights and to emit brighter light with the same amount of electric current by placing semiconductor chips in the lights.

      LG is in fact countersuing Osram, which filed suit against LG, Samsung LED, and Seoul Semiconductor, with courts in five countries including the U.S. and Germany.

      LG Electronics executive Lee Jung-hwan said, "We took determined action to prevent our patents from being infringed upon, as well as responding to Osram's unreasonable patent litigation."

      Aggressive patent litigation is increasingly being used as a means to grab market share in the electronics industry. In the smartphone and tablet PC markets, Apple and Samsung Electronics are suing each other in nine countries.

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