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Subject : LG Innotek Sues Osram, Hella over Patent Infringement in China   
Date 2011-07-29 Visit 3239

South Korea’s LG Innotek Co. has sued Osram GmbH and Hella KGaA Hueck & Co. in China over light-emitting diode (LED) patent infringements, seeking compensation of damages and a sales ban on LED products sold in China by Osram’s Chinese unit and Hella.

Hella is a German maker of auto components and it uses LED packages from Osram, a light-making unit of Germany-based Siemens AG.

The Korean company, an electronics parts-making unit of LG Group, accused Osram of infringing on its LED technologies, demanding a Beijing court ban sales of five LED products, including a car headlamp made by Hella.

China represents more than 30% of the global LED sales. Earlier, LG filed a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) against three affiliates of Osram. It also lodged a similar lawsuit with a Delaware court.

LG’s latest move intensifies the patent war between Osram and Korean LED makers, which led to lawsuits in three countries that account for 90% of global LED demand.

In June, Osram accused LED-making units of Korea’s two industrial giants, Samsung and LG, of infringing on its LED technologies and filed complaints with the U.S. ITC, a U.S. district court and a German court.




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