Sunday, 16 December, 2018

Charged With Selling Samsung's Intellectual Property, Report Says

Samsung flexible display technology has been seen throughout the years in everything from the S7 Edge to the current Galaxy Note9 Samsung flexible display technology has been seen throughout the years in everything from the S7 Edge to the current Galaxy Note9
Sherri Watson | 03 December, 2018, 02:20

South Korean prosecutors have charged nine people with selling Samsung's Infinity Flex Display technology to a Chinese screen maker. They previously sold lamination equipment to Samsung, and then contacted the Chinese company after their sales fell.

Samsung spent about 150 billion won over a period of six years to develop the OLED technology that is now considered highly-classified national knowledge, prosecution said.

Among the indicted, three of them, including Toptec President Bang In-bok, have been arrested while eight others will be investigated without detention.

In a statement, Samsung Display said it was "shocked at the results of the investigation by prosecutors, at a time when competitors are intensifying their technological rivalry", adding that it would keep a close eye on the trial.

Two others who were also allegedly complicit in leaking the technology, but worked for a separate Chinese company, were not indicted.

Background: Samsung first commercialized curved-edge mobile OLED panels in 2014 when it released the Galaxy Note Edge which featured a single such flexible panel side.

The curved-edge display technology is used in its much-lauded Galaxy phones, which continue to be well received. Chinese display manufacturers have been trying to ramp up production of OLED displays for years.

Samsung will soon be launching a foldable smartphone and will use the display that was showcased recently. The illegal technology transfer occurred between May and August of this year.

According to prosecutors in Suwon, South Korea, the CEO of Samsung supplier Toptec Co.

Toptec has since issued a statement to Reuters to deny any wrongdoing. Compared to the latter, OLED displays provide better energy efficiency and are able to deliver an infinite-contrast image due to the manner in which they generate true blacks - as every pixel on an OLED panel is lit individually, such solutions deliver black image sections by simply not lighting up certain viewing areas.