WASHINGTON (CN) – LG Electronics imports liquid crystal display televisions and monitors that violate a patent on dissipating heat from semiconductors, a Taiwan-based company claims in a complaint to the International Trade Commission.
The Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) says its patent covers a method of encasing silicon chips in a grid of metal balls that dissipate heat and improve electrical conductivity between chips, increasing their efficiency.
LG is based in South Korea. Both companies also have U.S. headquarters, ITRI in San Jose and LG in Englewood Cliffs, N.J.
Samsung is the only company licensed to use the ball-grid technology, ITRI says. It adds that it can meet market demand if the ITC imposes a ban on importing or selling the allegedly infringing LG devices.
ITRI says it also is filing an infringement suit against LG in a Federal Court in New Jersey.
The ITC usually reaches a decision on a complaint within 15 months. It has the power to stop importation and sales of infringing goods. After a period during which the president of the United States can reject its decisions, an ITC ruling can be appealed only to the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
The complaint was filed by Tom Schaumberg with Adduci, Matriani & Schaumberg of Washington, D.C.