updated 10:13 am EDT, Tue September 10, 2013
Steering mechanism in Samsung cleaner copies patent, claims Dyson
Samsung has found itself in yet more legal trouble, thanks to a recently-launched vacuum cleaner. Dyson, a manufacturer of bag-less vacuum cleaners, believes that the Samsung Motion Sync cleaner revealed at IFA last week uses a similar steering mechanism to its own cylinder cleaner, one that Dyson patented in 2009.
The patent covers a way for a vacuum cleaner unit to spin and follow the user as they move around the room cleaning, rather than being simply dragged behind, allowing it to avoid being snagged on furniture or corners, writes the BBC. It is believed that the mechanism, which is used in two Dyson cleaners, took three years to develop before being patented.
"This looks like a cynical rip-off," claimed founder Sir James Dyson, "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." Samsung denies this, stating "The Samsung Motion Sync is an outcome of our own extensive research and development."
Dyson has started legal proceedings in the English High Court against Samsung, though this is not the first time they have squared off against each other. Samsung has previously been forced to pay Dyson ú600,000 ($940,000) after it attempted to patent Dyson's "triple-cyclone" system in 2009.