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DuPont May Have Licensed Technology to Samsung, Consultant Says

DuPont Co. may have licensed its technology for making televisions with organic light emitting diodes, or OLEDs, to South Korea’s Samsung Electronics Co. or LG Electronics Inc. (066570), an industry consultant said.

DuPont, the most valuable U.S. chemical maker, signed the first license for its active matrix OLED technology to an Asian television maker, David B. Miller, president of the Wilmington, Delaware company’s electronics unit, said today. The technology uses a nozzle to print OLEDs on glass, reducing costs compared with other methods, he said in an interview.

Samsung, the top producer of OLED displays, needs new technology as it makes larger models for televisions, Jennifer Colegrove, vice president of emerging display technologies at Display Search, said in a telephone interview from Santa Clara, California. LG requires OLED technology to compete with Samsung and fulfill its plan to bring a 55-inch OLED television to market in 2012, she said.

DuPont plans to license its technology to more electronics makers and also to sell proprietary OLED materials, Miller said. The company is working with General Electric Co. (GE) on developing OLEDs that can be painted onto a wall or other surfaces for lighting, he said.

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