Ireland-based OLED IP company Solas OLED announced that it has prevailed in its patent infringement action in Germany against LG Display, LG Electronics and Sony. The Mannheim District Court in Germany held that the defendants had infringed Solas’ German patent DE 102 54 511 B4 concerning a control circuit for light emitting diodes.
This technology, owned by Solas, is used in OLED panels used in LG ans Sony's TVs. According to the court's decision, LG and Sony will have to stop marketing products in Germany that infringe upon Solas' patents and they will have to recall from commercial customers all infringing products. LG and Sony must also must render to Solas a detailed accounting necessary to establish damages owed by the defendants for sales of infringing products in Germany dating back to April, 2009.
Last year we reported that Solas OLED has filed a lawsuit in the US against Apple for OLED stack patent infringements.
Solas is a patent troll. They didn't do any R&D, they simply bought some patents and then are trying to sue whoever they can.
Happy to see that a small tech company can still harvest the fruits of years of research and development, and that copying the original inventors is a strategy that does not pay off.