Fridge wars

LG and Whirlpool have settled their latest patent dispute, leading to the dismissal of three separate infringement lawsuits in Delaware and New Jersey district courts. This looks like the end of years of courtroom battles between the two companies over refrigerator technology, and will allow the two to keep bringing the consumer a choice when it comes to buying appliances.

The complete terms of the agreement are confidential, but we're happy that the dispute was ended without the need for either side to go thermonuclear. 

Source: LG Newsroom

There are 28 comments


Stovicek says:

Will this pave the way for Ice Cream Sandwich to make its way into these products?

mwara244 says:

Will apple sue them next for being rectangular in shape and using electricity to power them?

Refrigerators have been around since the early 1900's, wtf with the patent dispute?

Xajel says:

So these refrigerators has Android and some Egg's sensors.. whats other sensors do expect in these ? Milk, Fruits, Vegetables :D

DWR_31 says:

Patent disputes about phone are boring.

Patent disputes about Home Appliances are awesome!

Thanks Jerry!

Dortamur says:

Why is the fridge full of HiFi gear? I've heard of rack cooling, but that seems a bit extreme...

marisdaman says:

Same thing I was thinking! Looks like a entertainment system

camiller says:

That was my thought, plus why are all the 8-track tapes in the freezer compartment?

mwara244 says:

+1 to all, I needed a good laugh today

Did I accidentally go to refrigerator central??

JobiWan144 says:

If only companies would do this for phones...

Thanks for the laughs, Jerry.

skyboxer says:

Good! I pre ordered my LG side by side at midnight when it became available, only to have it blocked by customs. Now I'll be chillin before you know it!

PJMAN2952 says:


Spazmonic says:

I'm getting this fridge. All my Atari cartridges on the top, stereo on the top shelf, laser disc player on the second shelf, mixer on the third, and xbox 360 on the bottom. BEST.FRIDGE.EVER.

jean15paul says:

+1 for Atari cartridges

Dan29466 says:

Can't. Stop. Laughing.

eRod v1.0 says:

Guys, think about it. AC is dropping us a hint. LG and android site. LG is making the next Nexus phone.

jean15paul says:

I feel like I missed something.

danieljay82 says:

How does this article relate to Android? So confused. I think I just wasted three minutes of my life.

Hand_O_Death says:

Thank God, Camping Out For A Week For My New Fridge On Release Day Won't Be All For Nothing. Boy That Would Have Made Me Look Stupid If They banned It.

mike340t says:

So now everyone can have a rectangular fridge!

Cyber Akuma says:

This wasn't a thermonuclear battle, it was more of a cold war.

But seriously, glad they both chilled out and got over this nonsense.

Hand_O_Death says:

BaDumb Chum! Thank you I will be here all week. Tip your waitress.


/me reads the story, pauses, looks at URL to verify not on Drudge..... confirmed.. ummmm....Android relates to what in either fridge?

Shadowriver says:

Oh look Apple patent war is not only patent war in the world.... :p

FrasierCrane says:

"Refrigerator Wars" was also the title of my friend Eddie's second-prize-winning Young Authors entry in fourth grade. It featured discarded refrigerators coming to life and battling for control of a town dump.

Wow, I hadn't thought about that in a long time.

Guru42 says:

Aren't you surprised that Apple didn't claim the refrigeration looks too much like an iPhone?