“LG sued Osram at the Seoul Central District Court for purportedly infringing on LG-owned patents such as LED chips and packaging technologies that are widely used in LED light bulbs and cars”, LG spokesman Lim Young-min told the Korean Times daily. “Because local branches of BMW and Audi are using Osram’s LED applications that infringe on LG patterns, we are seeking a complete ban on BMW and Audi car sales in South Korea”, the LG spokesperson added.
The situation gets even more complicated because Osram was the one to draw first blood by demanding that LG continued to pay loyalties for patents it used over several years. LG refused to do so having developed its own LED technologies and counter-sued Osram, dragging Audi and BMW into the middle of this, presumably as another form of pressure. BMW was the best-selling imported brand in 2010 with 16,798 vehicles sold in the country. I am not confident that LG will be successful in their call for the ban as this may escalate up to the government level of both Germany and South Korea.