The Apple-Samsung patent battle isn’t the only major patent fight that’s gripped the tech world. The Wall Street Journal reports that Samsung Display and LG Display have agreed to settle a dispute involving several of the companies’ LCD and OLED patents. This particular suit is important because the two companies make screens for some of the world’s most popular devices, including the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the Apple iPad. It’s not yet known what the terms of the companies’ settlement are but it’s at least nice to see one less case of companies trying to get bans on each others’ products through the legal system.
With the recent launch of the iPad mini, Apple (AAPL) has continued its attempts to end its reliance on Samsung (005930). A new report from Digitimes suggests a majority of screens for the company’s smaller tablet are coming from LG Display (LPL). A recent teardown of the iPad mini’s hardware revealed that Samsung is still supplying some panels, however. AU Optronics (AUO) is also said to be supplying Apple with displays, although the manufacturer reportedly continues to have issues manufacturing the panels. It was reported last month that Apple also turned away from using Samsung’s displays in its fourth-generation iPad and latest MacBook computers.
A new report from Digitimes suggests that a majority of screens for Apple’s (AAPL) new iPad mini, fourth-generation iPad, 13-inch Retina display MacBook Pro and redesigned iMacs have come from LG Display (LPL) rather than Samsung (005930). AU Optronics (AUO) is also said to be producing displays for the iPad mini, although it is reportedly having issues producing panels and as a result is receiving fewer orders. LG Display provides tablet panels for Google (GOOG), Sony (SNE), Amazon (AMZN), HP (HPQ) and others, making it the largest display provider in the market. A recent report claimed that Samsung would terminate its contract with Apple and no longer supply the company with LCD panels. The South Korean manufacturer denied the rumor, however, confirming that it has “never tried to cut the supply for LCD panels to Apple.”
It seems like every consumers electronics company is accused of copying Apple (AAPL) at some point, and while the Cupertino-based giant may or may not have been inspired by some of LG’s work in the past, LG (066570) sister company LG Display (LPL) is now taking a page out of Apple’s playbook… by suing Samsung (005930). The Wall Street Journal on Thursday reported that LG Display has filed a lawsuit against Samsung in a South Korea civil court alleging that Samsung’s OLED smartphone and tablet displays infringe on seven of its patents covering the design of the panels and driver circuitry. LG Display is seeking damages as well as a permanent injunction blocking sales of Samsung’s Galaxy S III, Galaxy Tab 7.7and Galaxy Note. “This lawsuit has been filed both to enforce LG Display’s intellectual property rights and promote fair competition,” an LG Display spokesperson said. More →
Samsung (005930) on Wednesday filed an injunction request against rival manufacturer LG Display (LPL), weeks after six LG employes were charged with stealing its advanced OLED TV display technology. According to the Yonhap News Agency, the South Korean manufacturer is now demanding 1 billion won, or $880,514, from LG in compensation for each time LG either allegedly used the confidential OLED technology for its own products or shared it with third parties. LG had previously said that it does not need Samsung’s technology because it “works under a totally different display system,” and the company has threatened to sue the Samsung for defamation in the future. More →
LG on Thursday unveiled the world’s first plastic e-paper display, which the company claims will “revolutionize the E-Book market.” The 6-inch E Ink display features 1,024 x 768-pixel resolution and can bend at an angle of up to 40 degrees. “With the world’s first plastic EPD, LG Display has once again proven its reputation for leadership and innovation with a product we believe will help greatly popularize the E-Book market,” said Mr. Sang Duck Yeo, Head of Operations for LG Display’s Mobile/OLED division. “Based on our success in mass-producing plastic EPD, we are excited as we look toward applying concepts from this experience to future developments like plastic OLED and flexible displays.” The display will be supplied to manufacturing companies in China first, and end-user products could launch in Europe as soon as the beginning of next month. Read on for LG’s press release. More →
After reportedly failing to meet Apple’s quality requirements, Sharp and LG Display have now apparently begun shipping a small volume of displays for the new iPad, DigiTimes reported on Friday. “The supply of panels for the new iPad has improved recently, with LG Display and Sharp to ramp up their shipments in the second quarter, which will also result in a significant increase in shipments of the new iPads in the quarter and onwards,” Digitimes’s unnamed industry source said. An earlier report suggested that Samsung was the sole supplier of displays for Apple’s new iPad tablet, but that report was quickly countered. More →
Following a report suggesting Samsung became the sole supplier of Retina Displays for the new iPad after panels from LG Display and Sharp failed to meet Apple’s quality standards, a new report claims this is not the case. Reuters on Wednesday reported that LG Display is indeed supplying Retina panels for the new Apple tablet. “LG is also in a panel supply deal with Samsung for the new iPad,” the site’s anonymous source is quoted as having said. Reuters did not address whether or not Sharp might also be supplying display panels for the new iPad, which goes on sale at 8:00 a.m. on Friday, March 16th. More →