First the iPhone, now vacuum cleaners: Samsung sued by Dyson for infringing vacuum cleaner patent

Samsung-Motion-Sync-Vacuum-Cleaner

Samsung is in trouble again. Apparently the company allegedly copied Dyson’s steering mechanism patent for vacuum cleaners. Samsung showed off a new vacuum cleaner at the recently held IFA tech show, and one of the features on this very vacuum cleaner is called Motion Sync, which does a similar thing to Dyson’s patented technology, ‘Swift Motion’.

Obviously, Dyson is not too happy about this and has thus chosen to sue the South Korean giant on the grounds that the company deliberately infringed on its Swift Motion technology. What is Swift Motion you wonder? Well, it allows a vacuum cleaner to shift rapidly from one direction to the other on the spot. It also prevents the vacuum from being caught in corners, which ultimately makes for a more pleasant cleaning experience.

“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,” according to Sir James Dyson in a chit chat with BBC News. “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.”

On the other hand, Samsung won’t take this lying down. A company spokesperson had the following to say:

“We will take all necessary measures, including legal actions, to protect our technological innovation against Dyson’s groundless claims.”

This isn’t the first time Samsung was sued for ripping off another company’s patents and design. The company is at constant war with Apple over accusations of patent infringement, with the highest profile case being the one Samsung lost last year.

What do you think? Is Samsung up to its antics again or is this simply another matter of over-litigation in the business world? Let us know in the comments below.

[via BBC, image via Yahoo]

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5 comments

  1. Seamus McSeamus

    Several years ago we bought a Dyson; paid out the wazoo for it, too. It was the most disappointing vacuum that we’ve ever owned. It didn’t do well on the Berber (which apparently is a known issue, or was back then, that we weren’t told about by our salesman), and it stopped working after about six months. We got a warranty replacement, and it too stopped working after about a year.

    We now own a Shark, which works well on all our surfaces, and has given us no problems after two years.

  2. CJ Cotter

    I’m a typical slob consumer who doesn’t care.

    However, Dyson has a really cool attachment that I wanted, but they deliberately designed them to NOT fit on standard vacuum cleaners. Well, not to worry. It turns out that everybody and their brother on eBay sells an adapter in which every Dyson attachment CAN be used with regular vacuum cleaners!

    No, I’m not crying my eyes out over Dyson.

  3. stephan

    This type of patent suite is very different than the suites over “intellectual property” (such as the 2 fingered “pinch to zoom” action) that comprise a lot of these suites.
    A physical invention takes a lot more effort than a bit of coding.

  4. JonE

    I don’t know about all this; doesn’t look a thing like a Dyson.

    I’m not sure what all the fuss is about; for all it’s technology claims Dyson has never been a TOP rated vacuum in all it’s years. And Samsung canisters have always been rated below Dyson.

    I think Dyson is wasting their money; they need to concentrate on making a TOP rated vacuum that will compete with the vacuums that have been TOP rated for years; it rhymes with louver or mover. (that’s “loover or moover”) for the phonetically challenged.