LG Electronics Wins Patent Dispute with Whirlpool

      October 12, 2009 08:57

      LG Electronics on Sunday said it won a refrigerator patent dispute with Whirlpool, the world's leading home electronic appliance maker in the U.S.

      Whirlpool filed several complaints against LG with the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) in January seeking a sales ban of LG refrigerators in the U.S., which it claims violated five Whirlpool patents.

      Whirlpool dropped four of the five complaints when LG submitted proof that Whirlpool's patents were invalid and countersued claiming that the American company instead infringed on LG patents.

      The ITC ruled in February that LG had not violated the remaining Whirlpool patent for ice storage. But Whirlpool refused to accept the ruling and the ITC in an unprecedented decision reconsidered the issue.

      Lee Young-ha, the chief of LG Electronics home appliance division, said the ruling was "an encouraging achievement in a patent dispute with the world's largest appliance maker." 

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