Big technology companies are at war.

Products are the weapons and patents are the ammunition. Securing patents is crucial for firms looking to gain an edge over their competitors, and Samsung demonstrated just how to go about getting the advantage by working with university spin-outs.

The South Korea-based conglomerate capitalised on its relationship with Technical University of Dresden spinout Novaled when it acquired the Germany-based organic light-emitting diode (OLED) manufacturer for an enterprise value of €260m ($345m), including €30m of…

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