For some time now, Samsung has been at the receiving end of Apple’s patent suits. Apple had alleged patent violations against many Samsung mobile devices. Now, it seems the situation has changed.
According an Associated Press report, South Korean display maker giant Samsung has sued 11 people including some employees of its arch rival LG for allegedly stealing its display technology.
LG Display, which happens to be the other major South Korean global supplier of displays, confirmed that it was charged along with six of its employees for the alleged theft of OLED technology between 2010 and 2011.
However, the company denied the charges and said that its staff were not involved in the technology theft.
Apparently, three of those charged currently work at Samsung Display, a display making unit of Samsung Electronics. Samsung said LG Display systematically stole its display technology and poached some of its employees.
The allegation is serious and if Samsung succeed in proving in the court that LG has actually stolen its technology, it may trigger patent wars in future.
Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) is a new display technology used in the manufacturing of new generation displays which are thinner and lighter and can be made flexible.