Published: Mon, December 03, 2018
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

Korea charges 11 with selling Samsung tech to China

Korea charges 11 with selling Samsung tech to China

Earlier this week, South Korean media reported that a Samsung supplier sold Samsung's curved screen technology to Chinese competitors, and leaked the technology of attaching the glass of the curved screen smartphone to the OLED panel.

The prosecutors allege that a Samsung supplier leaked blueprints of Samsung's "flexible OLED edge panel 3D lamination" to a company that it had set up.

The two companies allegedly made 15.5 billion won (US$13.80 million) profits from the scheme. Samsung itself is known to have invested around $150 billion won over six years to develop the critical display technology. Three out of the 11, including the company's CEO, have been arrested and are awaiting trial. A few months ago, LG.Display said that they feared “critical information” regarding OLED technology had been leaked and that China-based companies are suspected of eavesdropping inside the LG.Display headquarters.

In a statement, Toptec said: "Our company has never provided Samsung Display's industrial technology or business secrets to a Chinese client".

The group allegedly formed a separate shell company that received information of the use equipment and drawings of the panels, which they accessed from working with Samsung. The case is expected to take around a year until it reaches a first-instance verdict.

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The hardware that is alleged to have been stolen is used to create the curved screens found on the edges of Samsung's popular Galaxy line of smartphones, prosecutors said.

The South Korean supplier transferred "3D lamination" technology and other equipment to the Chinese screen maker between May and August, violating a non-disclosure agreement with Samsung, according to the prosecutors. The same Samsung flexible display technology is also coming to the company's latest folding smartphone/tablet concept.

Toptec's offices were raided by prosecutors in the Far Eastern country in mid-September as part of an incestigation that led to today's indictments.

The company denied the allegations in an official statement.

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