ITC Clears LG In Whirlpool Fridge Patent Spat

Law360, New York (February 16, 2010, 5:21 PM EST) -- The U.S. International Trade Commission has determined that LG Electronics Inc. did not violate Section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930 by importing refrigerators that infringe a Whirlpool Corp. patent for ice storage bins.

The ITC issued its final determination terminating the investigation Friday, mostly affirming Administrative Law Judge Theodore R. Essex’s October ruling that the technology in LG’s side-by-side model refrigerators does not infringe U.S. Patent Number 6,082,130 and that all but one of the asserted claims is invalid due to obviousness.

However, the...
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