Whirlpool Corporation Named to Ocean Tomo 300® Patent Index for Seventh Consecutive Year

   Whirlpool Corporation Named to Ocean Tomo 300® Patent Index for Seventh
                               Consecutive Year

PR Newswire

BENTON HARBOR, Mich., Dec. 21, 2012

BENTON HARBOR, Mich., Dec. 21, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Whirlpool Corporation
(NYSE: WHR) has been named to the 2012-2013 Ocean Tomo 300® Patent Index for
the seventh consecutive year. The equity index is the first based on the value
of corporate intellectual property. It is priced and published by NYSE
Euronext.

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The index is objectively based on the value of a company's intellectual
property, especially patents, which reflect a commitment to innovation and
technology. Whirlpool Corporation was selected as one of the companies with
significant proprietary position obtained through patents issued by the United
States government.

"We are privileged to be a part of the esteemed Ocean Tomo® 300 Patent Index
for seven years in a row," said Jeff M. Fettig, Whirlpool Corporation's
chairman and CEO. "This reflects our continued priority around product
innovation. We are committed to innovation that is compelling and practical
for our consumers and delivers optimal results for our stakeholders."

The Ocean Tomo 300® Patent Index has been recognized by the Euronext exchange
as the first major broad market index in 35 years. It follows the progression
from the Dow Jones Industrial Average in 1896, to Standard & Poor's 500 in
1957 and then to the NASDAQ Composite Index in 1971. The Index represents 300
companies that own the most valuable patents relative to their book value and
will focus investors on intellectual property as a distinct asset class. It is
licensed to Guggenheim, creator of a family of Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs)
traded on NYSE Arca. More information on the methodology of the index can be
found at OceanTomoIndexes.com.

About Whirlpool Corporation
Whirlpool Corporationis the world's leading manufacturer and marketer of
major home appliances, with annual sales of approximately$19 billionin 2011,
68,000 employees, and 65 manufacturing and technology research centers around
the world. The company marketsWhirlpool,Maytag,KitchenAid, Jenn-Air, Amana,
Brastemp, Consul, Bauknechtand other major brand names to consumers in nearly
every country around the world. Additional information about the company can
be found athttp://www.whirlpoolcorp.com.

Whirlpool Additional Information
This document contains forward-looking statements about Whirlpool Corporation
and its consolidated subsidiaries ("Whirlpool") that speak only as of this
date. Whirlpool disclaims any obligation to update these statements.
Forward-looking statements in this document may include, but are not limited
to, statements regarding expected earnings per share, cash flow, productivity
and material and oil-related prices. Many risks, contingencies and
uncertainties could cause actual results to differ materially from Whirlpool's
forward-looking statements. Among these factors are: (1)changes in economic
conditions which affect demand for our products, including the strength of the
building industry and the level of interest rates; (2)the effects of the
global economic crisis on our customers, suppliers and the availability of
credit; (3)Whirlpool's ability to continue its relationship with significant
trade customers, and the ability of these trade customers to maintain or
increase market share; (4)intense competition in the home appliance industry
reflecting the impact of both new and established global competitors,
including Asian and European manufacturers; (5)the ability of Whirlpool to
manage foreign currency fluctuations; (6)product liability and product recall
costs; (7)litigation and legal compliance risks; (8)the ability of Whirlpool
to achieve its business plans, productivity improvements, cost control,
leveraging of its global operating platform, and acceleration of the rate of
innovation; (9)inventory and other asset risk; (10)fluctuations in the cost
of key materials (including steel, oil, plastic, resins, copper and aluminum)
and components and the ability of Whirlpool to offset cost increases; (11)the
ability of suppliers of critical parts, components and manufacturing equipment
to deliver sufficient quantities to Whirlpool in a timely and cost-effective
manner; (12)health care cost trends, regulatory changes and variations
between results and estimates that could increase future funding obligations
for pension and other postretirement benefit plans; (13)Whirlpool's ability
to obtain and protect intellectual property rights; (14)information
technology system failures and data security breaches (15)global, political
and/or economic uncertainty and disruptions, especially in Whirlpool's
significant geographic regions, including uncertainty and disruptions arising
from natural disasters or terrorist attacks; (16)the effects of governmental
investigations or related actions by third parties; (17)the impact of labor
relations; (18)our ability to attract, develop and retain executives and
other qualified employees; (19)changes in the legal and regulatory
environment, including environmental and health and safety regulations.
Additional information concerning these and other factors can be found in
Whirlpool Corporation's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission,
including the most recent annual report on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on
Form 10-Q, and current reports on Form 8-K.

SOURCE Whirlpool Corporation

Website: http://www.whirlpoolcorp.com
Contact: Media: +1-269-923-7405, Media@Whirlpool.com
 
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