In October 2012 we reported that Taiwan's AU Optronics is suing two former executives that allegedly stole technologies (including AMOLED related ones) from the company and supplied it China Star Optoelectronics Technology (CSOT, a subsidiary of TCL).
Today we learned that those two executives were found guilty by the Hsinchu Court in northern Taiwan. Tsung-Yi Hsu, a former OLED R&D department manager at AUO was charged of leaking AMOLED manufacturing and Thin-Film Transistor (TFT) structure research findings to CSOT (where he was employed as the director of the R&D center). Hsu will be jailed six months and fined NT $180,000 (around $5,500 US). The prosecutors are still deciding whether Hsu can pay a fine instead of facing imprisonment.
AUO's former R&D assistant manager, Chung-ching Hsieh, was jailed over the same reasons last month. He was sentenced to two months of prison. As Chinese companies
AUO is focused on OLEDs for the wearable market, and is currently producing square 1.63" panels and round 1.4" panels in addition to 4.3", 5" and 5.5" OLEDs for mobile devices. AUO is also developing flexible OLEDs. Please contact us if you need help with finding a supplier for these new AMOLED displays.