Taiwan Patent Court a Concern for U.S. Tech Firms

Reformed IP legal system deals blows to Applied Materials and Lam Research

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7 February 2011—Two recent patent infringement court rulings in Taiwan have sent a chill through U.S. technology companies operating there. Intellectual property (IP) suits brought by these companies have helped fend off competitors in Taiwan’s market for semiconductor and LCD manufacturing equipment. And in the past decade, U.S. companies have sought speedier decisions through reforms and a dedicated IP Court. But now that the court is in session, the new legal system is speedily dismissing U.S. patent holders’ claims.

The IP Court, long awaited by foreign investors, was established in July 2008. It hears civil and administrative cases, as well as appeals of criminal cases. Analysts caution that despite the recent judgments deterring U.S. patent plaintiffs, whether the new specialized IP Court is really rocking the boat in the island’s tech industry remains uncertain. However, the court’s relatively low number of infringement-case rulings in favor of patentees has already drawn some attention.

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Digging Into the New QD-OLED TVs

Formerly rival technologies have come together in Samsung displays

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Television screen displaying closeup of crystals

Sony's A95K televisions incorporate Samsung's new QD-OLED display technology.

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Televisions and computer monitors with QD-OLED displays are now on store shelves. The image quality is—as expected—impressive, with amazing black levels, wide viewing angles, a broad color gamut, and high brightness. The products include:

All these products use display panels manufactured by Samsung but have their own unique display assembly, operating system, and electronics.

I took apart a 55-inch Samsung S95B to learn just how these new displays are put together (destroying it in the process). I found an extremely thin OLED backplane that generates blue light with an equally thin QD color-converting structure that completes the optical stack. I used a UV light source, a microscope, and a spectrometer to learn a lot about how these displays work.

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