LG Wants To Ban BMW And Audi Sales In South Korea
Electronics companies are amongst the fiercest rivals when it comes to protecting their patents even a lioness with her cubs seems like a purring cat in comparison. Thats why in the world of high technology, lawsuits fly left and right, one of the most recent examples being the Apple - Samsung dispute over the their smartphones.
Nevertheless, we were surprised to learn today that LG Electronics and its subsidiary, the component-making LG Innotek Co., filled a lawsuit with a South Korean court seeking to block BMW and Audi from selling their cars in the country.
What is happening is that the two German luxury carmakers have been caught in the middle of a patent war between LG and Osram over LED technologies. LG seeks to stop their the German automakers' vehicles from being sold because they are equipped with Osram lighting systems.
LG sued Osram at the Seoul Central District Court for purportedly infringing on LG-owned patents such as LED chips and packaging technologies that are widely used in LED light bulbs and cars, LG spokesman Lim Young-min told the Korean Times daily.
Because local branches of BMW and Audi are using Osrams LED applications that infringe on LG patterns, we are seeking a complete ban on BMW and Audi car sales in South Korea, the LG spokesperson added.
The situation gets even more complicated because Osram was the one to draw first blood by demanding that LG continued to pay loyalties for patents it used for several years.
LG refused to do so, having developed its own LED technologies, and counter-sued, dragging Audi and BMW into the middle of this, presumably as another form of pressure.