COMMENT: Do not allow OLED technology to be stifled

November 2004
Electronics Weekly;11/24/2004, Issue 2172, p3
Trade Publication
This article reports that the possession of a patent for OLED display technology may be potentially good news for BTG, but the flat panel industry may find itself paying a high price if the development of next generation OLEDs is not to be restricted. They either try to' own' the technology by enforcing the patents in a restrictive manner. Or they take the more' open' approach, which although firms need to pay the licence fees the terms are not onerous or restrictive to further development of the technologies. It is worth remembering the experiences of semiconductor suppliers in early years of GSM development. The owners of the key patents initially tried to use them to control the market and dictate further development of the technology. and that the use of the patents would not ultimately restrict development of the technology.


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