6th Circ. Stands By Whirlpool's Win In Royalty Dispute

By Adam Lidgett (November 5, 2021, 5:16 PM EDT) -- The Sixth Circuit has said Whirlpool doesn't have to share royalties with a trademark licensing company that the appliance giant got from a deal signed in 2019 with a heating, ventilation and air conditioning company, agreeing with a lower court's finding that any rights the licensing business may have had expired at the end of 2018.

A three-judge panel on Thursday backed Whirlpool Corp.'s win in the U.S. District Court of the Western District of Michigan over Equity Management Inc., which helps brands license their trademarks.

Equity Management had an agreement with Maytag — which Whirlpool bought in 2006 — to...

Stay ahead of the curve

In the legal profession, information is the key to success. You have to know what’s happening with clients, competitors, practice areas, and industries. Law360 provides the intelligence you need to remain an expert and beat the competition.


  • Access to case data within articles (numbers, filings, courts, nature of suit, and more.)
  • Access to attached documents such as briefs, petitions, complaints, decisions, motions, etc.
  • Create custom alerts for specific article and case topics and so much more!

TRY LAW360 FREE FOR SEVEN DAYS

Hello! I'm Law360's automated support bot.

How can I help you today?

For example, you can type:
  • I forgot my password
  • I took a free trial but didn't get a verification email
  • How do I sign up for a newsletter?
Ask a question!