A Turkish consumer electronics company has filed a "nonsensical"
patent suit against LG Electronics. The patent claimed by the Turkish
company Arcelik has already been expired. Industry watchers say the
Turkish company appears to have filed the suit in an attempt to offset
the patent infringement lawsuit filed by LG Electronics against the
Arcelik filed a patent infringement suit against
LG Electronics in German and French courts on Feb. 12, claiming that
the Korean company infringed its washing machine patent. The lawsuit is
seen as a countersuit against LG Electronics, which filed a patent
infringement suit against three companies, Arcelik, Beko and Grundig, in
the Munich District Court in Germany in September 2019.
LG Electronics confirmed that the washing machine patent claimed by
Arcelik had already expired at the end of 2017. Arcelik's lawsuit is
seen as an attempt to fool the media to disguise its disadvantageous
LG Electronics filed a lawsuit against the three
companies including Arcelik in 2019, claiming that their two-door
refrigerators sold in Europe had infringed its patented technology. This
patent relates to ice-making in a refrigerator door, an LG Electronics
technology for double-door refrigerators.
LG Electronics already
owns over 400 global patents on the ice-making technology. This
technology allows all ice-making parts that were previously placed
inside a freezer, including an ice-making machine, an ice bin and an
ice-moving motor, to be placed in a freezer door.
All of three
companies are affiliated with the Turkish Koc Group which sells home
appliances in the European market including Turkey.