Findlaw reports that LG Electronics is suing Whirlpool in the US for patent infringement. The South Korean company claims that technology that stops clothes getting twisted together in Whirlpool’s Calypso and Duet washing machines was copied from its patent-protected inventions. Whirlpool, which is itself bringing other patent and trade mark actions against LG, has said that it intends to fight the claims vigorously.

The IPKat is rather puzzled by the fact that, according to the Findlaw article, Whirlpool’s shares went up in value on the day that the patent infringement action was announced.

Whirlpools here, here and here
Unlucky gold stars here
Calypsos here and here
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