LG sues Hisense for patent in­fringe­ment

The Korea Times - - BUSINESS - By Jun Ji-hye [email protected]­re­atimes.co.kr

LG Elec­tron­ics has filed a patent in­fringe­ment law­suit with a dis­trict court in Cal­i­for­nia against Chi­nese multi­na­tional ap­pli­ance and elec­tron­ics man­u­fac­turer Hisense, the Korean tech gi­ant said Tues­day.

It claimed most of Hisense’s TV prod­ucts sold in the United States vi­o­lated its patents, not­ing that it had also asked that the Chi­nese com­pany be or­dered to pay com­pen­sa­tion for the in­fringe­ments.

The lat­est suit cen­tered on four of

LG’s patent tech­nolo­gies in­clud­ing one for im­prov­ing the user in­ter­face.

Hisense is the fourth-largest TV man­u­fac­turer in the world in terms of sales as of first half of this year, and is con­tin­u­ing to ex­pand its pres­ence in the global TV mar­ket.

LG said it had sent a warn­ing let­ter to Hisense ear­lier this year, urg­ing it to stop its in­fringe­ments and re­solve the is­sue through ne­go­ti­a­tions.

The com­pany de­cided to take le­gal ac­tion as Hisense had main­tained an “in­sin­cere at­ti­tude” in deal­ing with the is­sue.

“LG Elec­tron­ics will con­tinue to re­act firmly to un­li­censed im­ple­men­ta­tion of our patent tech­nolo­gies to ac­tively pro­tect our in­tel­lec­tual prop­er­ties,” said Jeon Saeng­gyu, an ex­ec­u­tive vice pres­i­dent of LG’s In­tel­lec­tual Prop­erty Cen­ter.

The Korean firm, which is not typ­i­cally known for ag­gres­sive strate­gies, has re­cently ap­peared to be chart­ing a new course, mak­ing com­ments and tak­ing le­gal ac­tion against its ri­vals.

In Septem­ber, the com­pany filed patent in­fringe­ment law­suits with a dis­trict court in Mu­nich against Turk­ish home ap­pli­ance man­u­fac­turer Arce­lik and its Ger­man af­fil­i­ates Beko Deutsch­land and Grundig In­ter­me­dia.

The suits cen­tered on the un­li­censed im­ple­men­ta­tion of LG’s freezer door ice-mak­ing tech­nol­ogy fea­tured in the three com­pa­nies’ re­frig­er­a­tors sold in Europe.

LG has also pulled the trig­ger on Sam­sung Elec­tron­ics, play­ing down the lat­ter’s 8K QLED TV as “not a real 8K TV” be­cause it did not meet stan­dards set by an in­ter­na­tional stan­dard-set­ting body.

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