LG Group has taken up legal arms against both BMW and Audi over a patent dispute. The technology company is reportedly aiming to have the sale of vehicles from both German automakers banned in South Korea over an LED patent dispute. According to Korea Times, LG Group is claiming that Osram, the manufacturer of LEDs favored by both automakers, is infringing on LG patents. Oddly enough, LG was once behind the patent game and had to pay Osram to use the company's LED technology in LG products. Now LG has combined its relevant patents with those of a host of smaller companies, allowing it to skip paying Osram and sue the company for infringement.

Twisted.

Is there any chance of a court outright agreeing to ban such a large section of products from two companies that largely had nothing to do with the dispute? That seems unlikely, but Osram and LG Group may have to sit down and have a nice, lengthy chat with checkbooks in hand sometime in the near future.


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      dukeisduke
      • 3 Years Ago
      Patent law can be pretty arcane, and sometimes when revenue is down, companies will dig through their patent portfolio and see it as a potential revenue stream, like happens in the semiconductor and telecom industries.
      4 String
      • 3 Years Ago
      Kind of a d*ck move. Why is it fair that Korea and Japan get to exclude, slap obscene tariffs on, and ban foreign cars, when we freely allow their cars in our country? Talk about unfair trade.
        DonkeyBear
        • 3 Years Ago
        @4 String
        you obviously didn't pay attention in Economics class. Haven't heard of such terms as specialization, comparative advantage? How is it that you di#kheads think importing goods have negative impact on U.S. economy?
          4 String
          • 3 Years Ago
          @DonkeyBear
          My minor is in Business Management lol. Regardless, you're not understanding the big picture, which is that fair trade is a two way street. Right after the Korean War, America helped a war torn South Korea back on its feet and flooded the American market with their goods, while allowing Korea to protect its home market. This boosted Korea's exports and GDP and has brought its economy/tech up to par (and then some) with the rest of the world. What I'm saying is right now is that we need to have them open their market to us (especially automotive), which has happened under the deal that the current president brokered with South Korea. They have built up their strength over the past fifty plus years, so they are surely prepared to meet global competition.
        4 String
        • 3 Years Ago
        @4 String
        Wow fkface, I never said importing goods into the US has a negative impact! Way to shove your ideas down my throat! What DOES have a negative impact is not allowing our exports to go to THEIR countries! That's called protectionism, and it has existed for years (only until recently) in South Korea. How about you read my comment twice before being a dkface and assuming I said something that I didn't! Fking unbelievable!
        4 String
        • 3 Years Ago
        @4 String
        Omg but seriously, Korea does protect its home market. T-T why the downrate...
      Sportbike
      • 3 Years Ago
      South Korea will concoct any excuse to keep competition out of their country.
      natron3030
      • 3 Years Ago
      I love Koreans... really I do.. but damn they have the most hard core sense of nationalism.
        marre
        • 3 Years Ago
        @natron3030
        Basic Elantra in S.Korea costs 13,400,000 KRW = 11.347 USD, Jetta starts at 31,900,000 KRW=27,013 USD Every korean would be an idiot not to buy korean cars...
          • 3 Years Ago
          @marre
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        marre
        • 3 Years Ago
        @natron3030
        What have patent dispute and nationalism in common?
          harbour
          • 3 Years Ago
          @marre
          Korea and free trade, in which they do not participate.
        Pdexter
        • 3 Years Ago
        @natron3030
        Good to see somebody saying it. Example Korean companies phone market shares are absurd. When Nokia was owning 65% of phone market share and 86% smartphones back in 2006-2007 Nokia had 73% market share in Finland, 5 million people. Korea in other hand has over 90% on LG and Samsung.
          mygm4dn5
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Pdexter
          No No No. Most nationalistic market is Japan. Foreign car market share is less than 3% in Japan. On the contrary, GM's Chevy market share is 15% in Korea.
          miles
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Pdexter
          mygm1234fqte, That's only because GM bought a korean company with about that much market share. And now GM is using it as an export base, just like the koreans hoped they would.
      • 3 Years Ago
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        RWD
        • 3 Years Ago
        Kudos to you for having the courage to ignore the hype! Also popular opinion... and the vast majority of car reviews for the last several decades. I'm no Audi expert, but I'm guessing you've never driven a BMW before, maybe never even sat in one. "Ugly" is subjective, although I don't think the current bimmers are great looking. And I can say from experience with BMW's from the 70's, 80's, 90's & a modern one... They aren't the most reliable cars long-term. But, "boring POS's with no driving dynamics whatsoever and cheap interiors"? You're talking out of your ass. Even with the deplorable weight gain and softening that BMW's (and most cars in the industry) have gone through, they are still some of the most engaging, balanced, communicative driver's cars you can buy this side of a Porsche (you probably think a tuned Nissan Z is superior to that too). Every single comparison in every class that BMW competes in, even if it's not the most powerful, it's almost always the hands-down sharpest car of the bunch. But you probably don't believe any of the countless reviews that say so. You probably also don't care about things like finesse of the chassis, suspension, braking, and steering, you just see that Hyundai makes a RWD car with 6 cylinders and similar power to a 335 for around 20 grand and proclaim, "Euroshit!". Spoken like someone who has never experienced either one for more than perhaps a short blast from light to light. I seriously doubt you have any real understanding of "driving dynamics". The people who DO certainly seem to like BMW's an awful lot, but I guess it's a world-wide delusion, eh? Amazing that it continues after all these decades!
        Seven227
        • 3 Years Ago
        No wonder you chose Fried_Rice as a screen name.
          J
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Seven227
          His screen name should be Fried_Brain...
        Pnt Stl
        • 3 Years Ago
        =___= Not sure if sarcastic... or retarded..
        s.andreasson
        • 3 Years Ago
        Can you say LeMans, DTM etc.? Which Japanese engines go in F1? GT-R, very cool, that's about it.
        Stan McDonald
        • 3 Years Ago
        MY 2006 BMW 550i is not perfect but it is certainly not a boring. Do you know what driving dynamics are?
      • 3 Years Ago
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      Alex740
      • 3 Years Ago
      Well Audi could just strip all the LEDs off their cars but then they would have nothing to distinguish their designs.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      byunboy2
      • 3 Years Ago
      lol in the end it comes down to who pays the Korean politicians the most after all this is South Korea., an oligarchy.
        Noz
        • 3 Years Ago
        @byunboy2
        So is the USA...if that's where you're from. They just create a better illusion of a democracy here....
      4 String
      • 3 Years Ago
      @ Toyotasucks: Please stop calling all Asian carmakers patent-thieves. This is grossly fallacious and a disgusting hasty generalization. The Chinese and the Japanese automakers are not one and the same, despite the latter's recent lack of fun designs. If you don't lop American automakers with British/German/Swedish automakers, then why should you do so with Japanese/Korean/Chinese automakers (the Chinese aren't even on the map, so the comparison is even more asinine)?
        • 3 Years Ago
        @4 String
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      mygm4dn5
      • 3 Years Ago
      Osram started this sue. btw, Osram sue every LED makers, not only korean company. Osram sued Japanese and Taiwan company also. "Osram Opto Semiconductors is seeking to prevent a Japanese rival, Citizen Electronics, from selling white LEDs in Germany." http://www.ledsmagazine.com/news/2/5/1 "Osram Opto Semiconductors has filed a patent infringement action against Taiwanese rival Kingbright" http://www.ledsmagazine.com/news/3/5/24
        styxmiko
        • 3 Years Ago
        @mygm4dn5
        yes because you asians if that's where you're from. "circumvent" the patents of everything that comes from america , if that's where I'm from, to europe, if that's where they are from
      Georgie Porgie
      • 3 Years Ago
      IP laws need a serious makeover, this is just getting absurd.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Georgie Porgie
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