LG file lawsuit against Arçelik A.S and related companies

LG has filed a patent infringement lawsuit for unlicensed implementation of ice making technology

LG Freezer Door Icemaker

LG Electronics Inc. has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Turkish-based home appliance manufacturer Arçelik A.S and its German affiliates, Beko Deutschland GmbH and Grundig Intermedia GmbH.

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The lawsuit, filed in the Munich District Court, centres on the unlicensed implementation of LG’s freezer door-ice making technology.

The technology, which efficiently utilises storage space of a freezer to free up room for food, was originally developed by LG for a specific refrigerator model. It exists in a portfolio of over 400 patents that directly relate to door-ice making technology, and the lawsuit comes after this technology was featured in a number of refrigerators made by Arçelik-owned companies.

Jeon Saeng-gyu, executive vice president of LG’s Intellectual Property Centre, said “We continue to proactively protect our intellectual property and will respond vigorously to the unauthorised use of our patented technologies.

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“As international competition over innovation increases, it is more important than ever that we protect our investments in research and development.”