LG Sues Beko Over Patented Fridge Tech
LG Electronics has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Arçelik A.Ş. and its German affiliates Beko Deutschland GmbH and Grundig Intermedia GmbH concerning the alleged unlicensed implementation of LG’s freezer door-ice making technology.
LG will argue that Arçelik A.Ş. and its German affiliates knowingly implemented the technology into a number of their refrigerators sold in Europe.
It comes after negotiations with Arçelik, Beko and Grundig broke down, resulting in the lawsuit as LG’s final option.
Beko appliances, like the 626 L Black Glass Four Door Fridge (BFR630DX), are sold in Australia.
Grundig had previously distributed products through Bush Australia before its licensing agreement ceased in March 2013, as reported by ApplianceRetailer.
Since then, the Arcelik Group has been distributing consumer electronics and appliances, in addition to its existing Beko range.
“We continue to proactively protect our intellectual property and will respond vigorously to the unauthorised use of our patented technologies,” said Jeon Saeng-gyu, executive vice president of LG’s Intellectual Property Center.
LG originally developed the technology in question for its side-by-side refrigerator models sold over Europe.
The patented design efficiently utilises the storage space of the freezer to take up less room than a conventional ice maker.
In June of this year, LG licensed its patented door-ice-making technology for French-door refrigerators to Haier-owned GE appliances.
This aggressive response by LG is to protect their investments in research and development ‘as international competition over innovation increases’ said Jeon.