The Supreme Court Rules against Kimberly-Clark over $63 Million Disposable Diaper Patent Lawsuit

The Supreme Court of Korea ruled on February 28 in favor of LG Household and Health Care of Korea(“LG Household”), a domestic diaper manufacturer, saying it did not violate a patent of the U.S. firm Kimberly-Clark Corp.

The Supreme Court held that the disposable diaper with a leak-preventing flap produced by LG Household did not infringe on a patent owned by Kimberly-Clark and its local affiliate Yuhan Kimberly.

It was a long 8-year fierce lawsuit between two giants. Kimberly-Clark won the initial ruling in February 2003 and the High Court overturned the verdict in November 2005. The Supreme Court upheld the High Court’s ruling.

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© 2008 Wonil Chung, a Korean IP Lawyer/Chung & Partners, a Korean IP Law Firm.  All rights reserved. Some copyrights, photos, icons, trademarks, trade dress, or other commercial symbols that appear on this post are the property of the respective owners.

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