GE Appliances can now use LG’s patented door-ice making technology in premium refrigerators. LG claims it has more than 400 patents related to door-ice making technology
Korean home appliance manufacturer LG Electronics (LG) is licensing its patented refrigerator door-ice making technology for use in refrigerators sold by Haier-owned GE Appliances.
Back in 2016, GE Appliances, the home appliance unit of US-based electronic giant GE, was acquired by China’s Haier, which now operates the business in the US.
LG and GE Appliances carried out months of negotiations to reach the license agreement. However, the companies didn’t disclose specific terms of the deal.
The Korean company claims it has more than 400 patents related to door-ice making technology, which facilitates slim and sleek profile designs that maximize usable space inside the refrigerator.
“This door-ice making technology takes up less room than a conventional refrigerator ice maker and frees up more space for food storage in the refrigeration compartment,” the Korean company explains in an official statement.
Making life better for consumers
Dan Song, president of LG Electronics Home Appliance & Air Solution Company, said that the company will continue to develop core technologies while protecting its intellectual property.
“Our desire to deliver more convenience and functionality to customers drives us to develop innovative new core technologies such as our door-ice making inventions. At the same time, as seen in this major patent licensing agreement, LG is committed to actively protecting our intellectual property,” Song said.
LG’s refrigerators with the ice-making feature are bestsellers in the US market, according to the company.