A jury in the U.S. District Court in Delaware found that FrenchDoor refrigerators produced by LG Electronics do not infringe a Whirlpool patent, but found that some patent claims covered certain earlier-generation LG side-by-side refrigerators, which LG no longer makes. The jury determined that LG was not willfully infringing these claims. Another Whirlpool patent asserted against LG was found invalid. Whirlpool was awarded $1.78 million for infringement of the earlier-generation side-by-side refrigerators, an amount well below Whirlpool’s quest for total damages of more than $22 million. The management of LG Electronics considers the outcome to be a major victory in their quest to become a top refrigerator seller in the U.S. market.
LG was represented by Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP. With more than 375 intellectual property lawyers, Finnegan is one of the largest IP law firms in the world. The firm practices all aspects of patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secret law. For additional information on the firm, please visit www.finnegan.com.
A team of Trident Engineers that was led by Dr. Donald Vannoy and Sandy Dapkunas, who both testified in the trial as Expert Witnesses, supported Finneagan’s case for LG Electronics. Dr. Joseph Davis, Timothy Geis, Dennis Hurley and Scott Smith conducted a series of tests and measurements to bolster the testimony of Dr. Vannoy and Mr. Dapkunas.