Dyson Sues Samsung Over 'Patent Infringement'
Dyson's founder has angrily rounded on rival Samsung, accusing the South Korean firm of 'ripping off' a steering mechanism design for vacuum cleaners.
SIr James Dyson was speaking after the company confirmed it had filed a claim at the High Court as it believed the Samsung Motion Sync vacuum cleaner infringed its patent for an invention entitled "A cleaning appliance with a steering mechanism".
Samsung described the legal action as "groundless".
Dyson said its case revolved the world's first cylinder vacuums with Ball technology which have a patented central steering system "to give stable manoeuvring around tight turns, table legs and sofas."
The firm explained that more than 110 components were housed within the ball.
In his statement, Sir James said: "This looks like a cynical rip off by the giant Korean company Samsung.
"Although they are copying Dyson's patented technology, their machine is not the same.
"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 launched the Motion Sync cleaner in Europe at the IFA electronics fair in Berlin last week.
Its statement read: "The Samsung Motion Sync is an outcome of our own extensive research and development.
"We will take all necessary measures, including legal actions, to protect our technological innovation against Dyson's groundless claims."