S. Korea's LG seeks sales ban on German cars
A patents row between German and South Korean firms intensified Wednesday after LG Electronics filed a lawsuit seeking a sales ban in Korea on cars equipped with German lighting products.
The suit was the latest in a series of legal disputes between Osram, a unit of German industrial conglomerate Siemens, and South Korean firms over light emitting diode (LED) technology.
LG and its affiliate LG Innotek have filed a complaint with a Seoul court to block local branches of Germany's BMW and Audi from selling cars equipped with Osram's LED headlamps, the South Korean companies said in a statement.
Osram and South Korean LED makers have struggled for dominance in the fast-growing LED lighting market, accusing each other of patent infringement.
In June Osram filed suits against LG and Samsung Electronics in Germany and the United States. LG and Samsung filed counter-suits in the two countries.
In July LG filed a complaint with the Korea trade commission, seeking a ban on imports of Osram's LED products into South Korea.
LEDs are becoming increasingly popular and are widely used in aviation, automobiles, televisions and mobile phone screens.
Market researcher Global Industry Analysts last year forecast the global LED market would reach $14.8 billion by 2015, driven by demand for more energy-efficient displays for televisions, mobile phones and computers.
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