WASHINGTON, Aug. 22, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Samsung LED Co., Ltd. issued the following statement in response to Osram's latest legal complaint alleging patent violations. Osram, a unit of the German industrial group Siemens, alleges that Samsung LED and LG have violated patents on LED lighting, which is commonly used in television sets and computer display screens.
"We are aware of the press release from Osram reporting its legal actions against Samsung LED and Samsung Electronics in South Korea. We have not received the legal documents. However, Samsung LED previously sued Osram in Korea and the United States to stop Osram from infringing Samsung LED patents and to invalidate Osram's patents. Osram's actions in South Korea are a typical and expected response to Samsung's legal actions and appear to be an attempt to delay Samsung LED's infringement action against Osram in Korea."
Last month, Samsung LED filed a complaint with the United States International Trade Commission in which it has requested the ITC to issue an exclusion order barring importation of products of Osram, Osram Opto Semiconductors, and Osram Sylvania Inc. into the United States. Samsung LED also filed suit for patent infringement in the United States District Court for the District of Delaware to seek damages and a permanent injunction barring Osram's infringement.
Samsung LED alleges infringement of eight patents on core LED technologies. The patented technology is used in a wide range of products, including lighting, automobiles, projectors, cell phone screens, and televisions. Osram's TOPLED, DRAGON, OSLON, CERAMOS, and OSLUX devices, and the products in which they are used, are targets of Samsung LED's complaints. In June, Samsung LED also filed a patent infringement action against Osram in a Korean court.
Samsung LED representatives explained, "Samsung LED is very proud of its innovative LED technology for which it has been awarded many patents around the world. Samsung LED is a market leader in LEDs and is proud to see its LEDs used in many of the leading consumer electronic products worldwide. Samsung LED intends to vigorously enforce its intellectual property rights, and these lawsuits reflect Samsung LED's commitment to that enforcement."
Samsung LED has continuously invested in its LED technology development and maintained its core technology related to LED lighting, including LEDs for televisions. Samsung LED has applied for and registered about 4,000 patents, including 2,000 patents in Korea and 700 patents in the United States.
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