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NewsPoster Sep 10, 2013 11:13 AM
Samsung sued over alleged vacuum cleaner patent infringement
Samsung has found itself in yet more legal trouble, thanks to a recently-launched vacuum cleaner. <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/293527==http://www.dyson.co.uk/" rel='nofollow'>Dyson</a>, a manufacturer of bag-less vacuum cleaners, believes that the <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/293528==http://www.samsung.com/nl/consumer/flagship/SC20F70HB/index.html" rel='nofollow'>Samsung Motion Sync</a> cleaner revealed at IFA last week uses a similar steering mechanism to its own cylinder cleaner, one that Dyson patented <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/293529==http://www.ipo.gov.uk/p-find-publication-getPDF.pdf?PatentNo=GB2469049&DocType=B&JournalNum ber=6465" rel='nofollow'>in 2009</a>. <br />
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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 <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/293525==http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-24023430" rel='nofollow' target="_self" title="">the</a> <em>BBC</em>. It is believed that the mechanism, which is used in two Dyson cleaners, took three years to develop before being patented. <br />
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"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." <br />
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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 &pound;600,000 ($940,000) after it attempted to patent Dyson's "triple-cyclone" system in 2009.
 
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