PSU sues Samsung, alleges patent theft
The Penn State Research Foundation claims Samsung Electronics Co. and three of its affiliates have infringed on a patent for a cellphone component.
The accusation is contained in a suit filed Friday in U.S. Middle District Court in which the technology transfer agent of Penn State seeks an injunction to prevent the sale of products that infringe on the patent. They include the Galaxy S3 and Samsung Galaxy S4, the complaint states.
The patent Samsung is accused of violating is entitled “organic light emitters with improved carrier injection” that was issued April 13, 2004.
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The foundation contends Samsung was aware of the patent because it failed in May 2004 to obtain its own patent. Samsung has never been licensed under the Penn State patent, the suit states.
Besides an injunction, the foundation is seeking a court declaration it owns its patent exclusively and Samsung infringed on it. It also is asking for unspecified damages no less than a reasonable royalty for the use and/or sale of the products.
The other defendants are Samsung Electronics America, Samsung Telecommunications America and Samsung Display Co.