South Korea has imposed a temporary ban on the import and sale of plasma display panels made by Japan's Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. Ltd., officials said.
The measure came after South Korea's LG Electronics Inc. asked authorities to investigate Panasonic Korea Ltd., Matsushita's sales company in South Korea, for alleged patent violations.
Matsushita, meanwhile, had earlier asked a Tokyo court to halt sales in Japan of LG's plasma display panels also because of alleged patent violations.
The Korean Trade Commission said that it will ban both the import and sale of plasma display panels made by Matsushita until it concludes the ongoing investigation.
The Trade Commission said that products that have already been distributed are excluded from the ban. (Associated Press)
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