By Chris Nicholls
MICHIGAN, USA: The International Trade Commission has begun its investigation into LG Electronics, a month after Whirlpool in the US filed a patent infringement notice against the company relating to their refrigeration products.
The original filing last month alleged LG Electronics’ Korean, Mexican and US arms had infringed on five Whirlpool patents by importing refrigerators into the US market.
If the investigation finds in Whirlpool’s favour, Whirlpool said LG would have to stop importing the majority of their refrigerator models into America.
"We are gratified that the ITC has begun an investigation as a result of our complaint against LG," said Whirlpool North America’s vice president, Phil Pejovich.
"Our patents are among our most valuable assets. We will fully cooperate in the investigation and look forward to the ITC’s decision in this matter."
At the time Whirlpool filed the original complaint, a spokesperson for Whirlpool Australia said the action would not affect the Australian region as all patent matters were handled by the American parent.