LG Electronics files patent suit against Turkish home appliance maker

By Lim Chang-won Posted : September 25, 2019, 16:52 Updated : September 25, 2019, 16:52

[Courtesy of LG Electronics]

SEOUL -- LG Electronics has filed a patent suit against the electronics and home appliances division of KOC Holding AS, a top industrial conglomerate in Turkey, over the unauthorized use of ice-making technology adopted for two-door refrigerators.

The patent technology in question in a suit filed with a district court in Munich, Germany, is a door ice-making system LG has adopted for its two-door freezer. Arçelik A.Ş. and two affiliates, Beko and Grundig, which sell home appliances in Europe, were sued for violating LG's patent.

"We are strongly responding to the unauthorized use of patents," said LG's patent center head Jeon Sang-gyu. The suit followed stalled negotiations between LG and Arçelik. With its door ice-making technology, LG's product uses space more efficiently than conventional two-door freezers.
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