Caixin
Jan 29, 2021 08:55 PM
BUSINESS & TECH

U.S. Probes China’s BOE, Samsung for Alleged Display Patent Violations

What’s New: The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) said it was investigating Chinese panel-making giant BOE Technology and South Korea’s Samsung after an Irish technology licensing firm complained that certain displays and gear the companies were selling in the U.S. infringed its patents.

Three units each of BOE and Samsung Electronics are accused of violating the U.S. Tariff Act by selling certain active matrix organic light-emitting diode (OLED) products and related components in the U.S., according to a notice published by the USITC on Wednesday. The notice did not say which products.

Solas OLED Ltd., an Irish patent-holding firm focused on OLED technology, made the complaint on Dec. 28, according to the USITC. The firm requested the trade body ban the products’ import into the U.S. by issuing a “limited exclusion order.”

The background: A USITC judge will hold a hearing allowing the companies to present evidence before deciding whether the accusations have merit. A date for the hearing has not been set.

The complaint comes after Solas OLED won a patent case in Germany against panel-makers LG Display Co. Ltd., its German subsidiaries and Sony Sony Europe B.V. last month. The companies were ordered to cease the sales of certain OLED TVs and recall the sold items in Germany.

The USITC announced a separate investigation into Samsung in November based on a complaint by California-based Pictos Technologies that certain digital imaging devices infringed the firm’s patents, and further that they were “made using misappropriated trade secrets.”

BOE Technology, one of China’s three biggest panel-makers, announced plans last month to acquire a smaller rival in Chengdu, in a move that would further consolidate its dominance in the domestic display industry.

Contact reporter Anniek Bao (yunxinbao@caixin.com) and editor Flynn Murphy (flynnmurphy@caixin.com)

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