Display suppliers Samsung Display and BOE started fighting each other at the beginning of 2023. The US International Trade Commission (ITC) began investigating BOE after Samsung tried to stop wholesalers from commercialising “cloned” OLED panels in the country. These panels were manufactured illegally in China based on stolen Samsung patents.
The dispute between Samsung’s Display unit and Chinese display supplier BOE seems to continue. The South Korea-based tech giant has lodged a new complaint against BOE.
According to news agency Reuters, the complaint alleges that BOE violated “unfair methods of competition” laws. The lawsuit also complained that the Chinese display supplier has infringed on Samsung’s intellectual properties for OLED display modules and components.
Initially, Samsung didn’t directly go after BOE, instead, it attacked 17 wholesalers who were dealing with OLED products manufactured using stolen patents and technologies. Later, the US ITC started an investigation targeting BOE as the Chinese display manufacturer fitted the bill.
In July, BOE targeted several business units of Samsung, including Samsung Display after ITC started probing the display supplier. The Chinese panel maker filed multiple lawsuits against Samsung in China. BOE sued different subsidiaries of Samsung which includes Semiconductor, Investment, Vision, and others. With the latest lawsuit, Samsung is now planning to get back at BOE.
BOE also faced problems with Apple
The Chinese panel maker has been trying to convince Apple to become its customer for some time now. However, things haven’t been as expected by BOE.
Earlier, the company tried to ship iPhone displays to Apple that didn’t meet the tech giant’s specifications. Apple didn’t file a lawsuit against BOE but suspended it from being a supplier to the company.
Later on, BOE also failed Apple’s quality tests for iPhone 15 OLED panels. This forced the iPhone maker to order more displays from Samsung.
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