Whirlpool wins jury verdict in water filter patent case

Whirlpool Corporation said a jury returned a verdict in its favor, finding that water filters manufactured by TST Water, LLC infringed Whirlpool’s patent for refrigerator water filters.

“The jury also affirmed the validity of Whirlpool Corp.’s patent and awarded damages based on its finding of willful infringement,” said Whirlpool.

Brett Dibkey, vice president, integrated business units, Whirlpool Corp, said: “Whirlpool succeeds by innovating, and we protect our innovations with patents.

“We are grateful for the jury’s assistance in enforcing our patents to ensure that we can continue delivering great products to our consumers.”

Whirlpool said it filed the lawsuit against TST Water in September 2015 in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas alleging that certain water filters manufactured and sold by TST Water infringed Whirlpool’s US Patent No. 7,000,894.