Arçelik A.S, Turkey’s leading brand of white goods as well as smaller household electronics, filed a lawsuit against LG Electronics and its subsidiaries for patent infringement concerning its “direct drive” technology in LG’s washing machines, said Finance Yahoo.
Arçelik is also the second biggest brand of electronic goods in Europe, selling its products abroad under the Beko brand. It had a turnover of 31.9 billion TL in 2019 and receives 70 percent of its revenue from their international markets. Their BEKO products make up one-in-five home appliances sold in Britain.
“Direct drive” is an Arçelik-developed technology which prevents damage to clothes. Arçelik was granted a patent which was filed in 1997, and claims that LG is using this technology without a license.
LG Electronics showed no effort to resolve these infringement issues even after Arçelik’s warning, leaving Arçelik with no choice but to file a lawsuit,