Samsung filed a lawsuit against BOE in the United States

Recently, Samsung instituted a lawsuit against BOE (Beijing Oriental Electronics) in the Eastern District Court of Texas, USA, alleging infringement on five patents related to OLED display panel technology.

This litigation was spurred when Samsung discovered that mobile repair businesses, including Captain Mobile Parts situated within Texas, were utilizing display panel components originating from Chinese suppliers, such as those replaced during iPhone 12 repairs. Hence, at the close of last year, under the pretense of patent infringement, Samsung sought a prohibition on the importation of such panel components from China by filing with the United States International Trade Commission.

BOE iPhone 12 OLED

However, Chinese enterprises including BOE, CSOT (China Star Optoelectronics Technology), Tianma, and Visionox, rallied to collectively submit an invalidation request for Samsung’s patents to the United States Patent and Trademark Office as a counterattack. Moreover, in April of this year, BOE took the battle to the Chongqing First Intermediate People’s Court in China, alleging that Samsung had infringed upon its OLED display panel technology patents in the Chinese market.

On a market level, this quarrel essentially stems from an impact on Samsung’s product sales. Should mobile repair businesses opt for comparatively lower-priced OLED display panels for replacements, this would invariably diminish the revenue opportunities that Samsung traditionally accrues from the sale of display panel components for phone repairs. Coupled with an increasing number of mobile phones starting to adopt display panels provided by Chinese suppliers, it necessitates that Samsung employs aggressive tactics to preserve its market share.