Samsung fires another shot in Osram patent spat

Samsung has fired another shot in an ongoing patent dispute.

The company has filed a complaint with the US International Trade Commission against Osram and two of its subsidiaries – Osram Opto Semiconductors and Osram Sylvania- claiming that some of the firm’s LED products infringe on its patents.  

Osram isn’t innocent in this saga, originally taking the first swing. Back in June the Siemensarm went after Samsung and LG claiming that they had infringed its technology on white and surface mountable LEDs

Just to make sure its complaints were heard it moaned to both US and German courts as well as targeting LG in Japan, asking that the two companies were banned from importing products such as TVs and computer screens that allegedly used the patents.

A few days later Samsung decided to countersue in South Korea.

And now it’s complaining again in the US, filing the complaint with the ITC and also with the US District Court for Delaware.

The two separate complaints are to do with eight LED patents that Osram has allegedly infringed. They are used in a range of Osram products, including lighting, automobiles, projectors, mobile phone screens and TVs, which Samsung wants banned.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Samsung says it will continue to take additional legal action against anyone may import, use or deal with the named Osram LEDs in the US market.

Should the complaint be upheld by the ITC then it may also lead to a ban on the import of some Osram LED products into the US. However, analysts have said this won’t make a dent on stock or the LED TV market.

Goksen Sertler, analyst at Meko, tells TechEye: “I don’t think it will have any affect on the LED supply for the TV market. For LED supply to affect TV market, it should first cause a shortage in panel supply and then to TV set market. This is very unlikely for now.

“The European TV market is overstocked at 20 percent above the market average as of July. TV shipments in other parts of the world are not so different, either. When we go back to the panel supply chain, there is not any shortage in panel supply side.

“We believe all panel makers would have enough stock for 2011 high season therefore, it wouldn’t have any affect.

“As said on the news, “Such complaints and lawsuits over patents are common in the global technology industry and seldom lead to market disruptions as disputes could take years to resolve and typically end with payments of licensing fees rather than import bans.

“We don’t think it could have any problem in the future either.”