Samsung is one of the world’s largest producers of OLED panels, being a supplier of major brands such as OnePlus, Huawei and even Apple. The company, however, may be about to face serious problems with its displays for an alleged patent infringement with the release of Galaxy smartphones in the U.S. and Germany.
South Korea’s electronics and display divisions were sued in the Texas and Mannheim courts by JOLED, a Japanese OLED panel manufacturer born in 2015 in a partnership between Sony and Panasonic, which alleges that Samsung did not order licenses to market smartphones that would be equipped with its technologies. Therefore, the company asks for damages and statement of mea culpa on the part of Samsung.
JOLED claims to have more than 4,000 patents issued and under review related to OLED technology, and that it “respects the intellectual property of third parties, and so expects other companies to respect their technologies.” The Japanese company also claims that it has begun to establish the first mass production line of printed OLED displays, with the intention of boosting the use of this type of panel.