Saturday, September 02, 2006

The end of a cozy club?

Well its about time if you ask me! I say that not due to the facts of the case, but rather one more dismaying things about Intellectual Property infringement in Korea is how rarely Korean firms sue other Korean firms for IPR infringement, or vice versa how unconcerned they are about ripping off another Korean firm's IP. For an example of this later phenomenon look at the heavily used GS Group logo which is currently being litigated over.

A recent Korea Times piece artfully puts this disregard in the mobile phone industry as the following:

Samsung said that Korean mobile phone manufacturers are in a kind of loose partnership and it is not likely that a patent infringement would take place.

You can translate that as "We would never sue another Korean mobile phone manufacturer". Or is that true? That same article linked above refers to a behind the scenes dispute between Samsung and LG over mobile phone designs. I am interested to see how this turns out. While I cannot point to anything specific off the top of my head, Samsung and LG have been at loggerheads for some time over things like standards and more germane over the licensing fees being charged among the companies (one, LG as I recall, is charging a normal licensing fee not the "special" one Korea firms normally charge among themselves). Things could spill out into the open sooner or later.


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