September 27, 2012 - Fresh from its defeat by Apple, Samsung faces a patent lawsuit from LG over seven patents on organic light-emitting diodes, or OLEDs.
OLED technology is used in the screens of mobile phones and tablet PCs because it is lighter, brighter and thinner than LCD screens. LG claims that five of Samsung's products infringe the patents, including the Galaxy Tab 7.7, the Galaxy S3 phone and the Galaxy Note "phablet."
Samsung told the Wall Street Journal that the suit "seems to be an inevitable choice to reverse [LG's] negative image due to OLED technology theft from Samsung." That statement refers to an incident this summer in which six LG employees and three Samsung employees were charged with trade secret theft for stealing OLED technology from Samsung between 2010 and 2011.