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Saturday, May 04, 2013
Artist Claims Whirlpool Ripped Off Her Mixer Designs
By Ciaran McEvoy
Law360, Los Angeles (May 03, 2013, 6:08 PM ET) -- Whirlpool Corp. with hit with a copyright infringement lawsuit Thursday brought by an artist who claims it hired her to design hand-painted KitchenAid mixers, but then brought on a different artist to copy her designs.
Nicole C. Laye, an Arlington, Wash., resident who is the founder and president of design firm Un Amore Inc., sued the home appliance maker in the Western District of Washington alleging it makes artsy kitchen appliances that look strikingly similar to her own.