Japan Bars LG Plasma Displays In Patent Dispute

Law360, New York (November 11, 2004, 12:00 AM EST) -- In a step that could have far-flung political implications, Tokyo customs officials have agreed to demands by Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. to suspend imports of plasma display panels by South Korea’s LG Electronics Inc. while allegations of patent infringement are being investigated.

The move comes a week after South Korea's Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Energy told the Japanese Embassy in Seoul that import restrictions on LG products could develop into a political issue between the two countries.

Japanese customs authorities will open a probe into...
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