Dyson Sues Samsung for Copying Its Vacuum Cleaner Design
Dyson is the latest company to sue Samsung for copying its designs, reports BBC. The company says Samsung's new Motion Sync vacuum cleaner infringes on its steering mechanism patent for cylinder cleaners.
"This looks like a cynical rip-off," said Sir James Dyson, the firm's founder. "Samsung has many patent lawyers so I find it hard not to believe that this is a deliberate or utterly reckless infringement of our patent. We have been forced to issue proceedings in the English High Court, but I would much rather invest in research to develop new technology than have to sue."
Samsung responded to the suit by saying, "We will take all necessary measures, including legal actions, to protect our technological innovation against Dyson's groundless claims."
Notably, this isn't the first time Dyson has had to sue Samsung for patent infringement. In 2009, Samsung was ordered to pay Dyson about £600,000 after the it tried to patent the company's "triple-cyclone" suction technology.
Apple is also embroiled in a world wide patent war with Samsung over the copying of its mobile device designs.