Samsung is facing a major problem with shipments of LCD TV’s after Sharp won a significant ruling in the USA that confirmed that the Korean TV manufacturer had infringed on four of their LCD TV patents.
Now authorities and Sharp want the Samsung LCD TV range banned from shipment into foreign markets including the USA.
U.S. International Trade Commission Judge, Paul Luckern, said Samsung had infringed on four Sharp patents and recommends that the agency ban the import of Samsung’s LCD televisions, computer monitors and professional displays.
The judge’s findings and recommendation are subject to review by the six-member commission.
Analysts claim that the issue will be resolved most probably with agreement between both manufacturers.
Separately, the judge, in January, found that Sharp violated two Samsung patents and also recommended that Sharp products be banned from the U.S. The commission is reviewing that and is scheduled to make a decision by June 23 on the case.
Samsung and Sharp have been at each other’s throats for some time over patented technology for their respective displays. In March, Sharp appealed to Japan’s Intellectual Property High Court against a ruling that it infringed a Samsung patent.
Luckern issued his findings in the Sharp case on June 12; the entire report won’t be public until both sides have a chance to redact confidential information.
The Sharp case against Samsung is In the Matter of Certain Liquid Crystal Display Modules, 337-634, and the Samsung case is In the Matter of Certain Liquid Crystal Display Devices and Products Containing Same, 337-631, both U.S. International Trade Commission in Washington.