Sharp, Samsung settle all outstanding LCD patent cases

A confidential agreement ends a multi-year legal battle

Sharp and Samsung have put nearly three years of battling over LCD panel and module patents behind them with a deal that ends all ongoing patent infringement disputes, they said Monday.

Both companies declined to disclose details of the agreement.

"We have a confidentiality agreement but we can say these conditions will be in favor of Sharp," said Miyuki Nakayama, a Sharp spokeswoman in Tokyo.

The two began squabbling over patents in August 2007 when Sharp filed a suit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas alleging LCD modules manufactured by Samsung and LCD TVs, computer monitors and mobile phones that incorporate the modules infringed on five of its U.S. patents.

Sharp expanded the suit to South Korea in December of the same year, prompting Samsung to fire back the same month with lawsuits in Japan and the U.S. The battle was later taken to Europe and also before the U.S. International Trade Commission.

Two recent rulings appear to have provided the incentive to settle.

In December a court in The Hague ruled that Samsung had infringed on Sharp patents and ordered a halt to imports of infringing products while in January the U.S. ITC also began blocking some Samsung products, said Nakayama.

A part of the settlement includes a patent cross-licensing agreement that allows each company to use the patents of the other in their products.

The flat-panel display sector is highly competitive and Sharp and Samsung are market leaders. The two companies are constantly racing to offer a better image quality at a lower price. In common with other competitive sectors in the electronics industry such patent infringement lawsuits appear to come with the territory and multi-year battles are not uncommon.

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Martyn Williams

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Cool Tech

SanDisk MicroSDXC™ for Nintendo® Switch™

Learn more >

Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronographe 44

Learn more >

Toys for Boys

Family Friendly

Panasonic 4K UHD Blu-Ray Player and Full HD Recorder with Netflix - UBT1GL-K

Learn more >

Stocking Stuffer

Razer DeathAdder Expert Ergonomic Gaming Mouse

Learn more >

Christmas Gift Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Walid Mikhael

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

George Khoury

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?