Whirlpool Beats LG's Ice-Dispenser Patent Claims

Law360, Los Angeles (August 20, 2013, 9:41 PM ET) -- Whirlpool Corp. didn’t infringe LG Electronics Inc.’s patent for ice-dispensing refrigerators with a design it was seeking to patent because the design in question would be obvious to any refrigerator maker, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office found in a decision filed Tuesday.

Whirlpool was seeking to patent a design for a fridge with French-style doors and an ice maker, but LG claimed the design infringed one of its patents. A three-judge panel of patent judges sided with an examiner who found LG’s objections were related...
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