Samsung, LG Spar Over Digital TV Patents

Law360, New York (June 1, 2005, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Samsung Electronics and LG Electronics are clashing over lucrative rights to a patent for digital television technology.

The patent for the digital television transmission technology VSB (Vestigial Side-Band Modulation) is owned by LG Electronics' affiliate in the United States, Zenith. In east Asia, LG has signed license contracts with seven electronics companies in Japan and Taiwan for the use of VSB.

The conflict with Samsung Electronics came after LG said it would also start negotiations with Korean companies. LG said it expects to take in more...
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