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Dyson sues Samsung for patent infringement

Dyson has issued proceedings against Samsung Electronics in the English High Court as it believes the Samsung Motion Sync vacuum cleaner infringes its patent for an invention entitled “A cleaning appliance with a steering mechanism”. Samsung Electronics is a subsidiary of the Korean conglomerate Samsung Group.

James Dyson 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”.

Patented Dyson technology
Engineered to follow faithfully, DC37 and DC39 were the result of three years research and development and are the world’s first cylinder vacuums with Ball™ technology and Dyson’s patented steering system. Dyson believes Samsung has copied this steering mechanism.

DC37 and DC39 are equipped with Dyson’s Radial Root Cyclone™ technology, meaning they capture more microscopic dust than any other cyclone. This technology is patented and unique to Dyson machines.

Samsung is no stranger to patent infringement. Its tablets and smartphones have been involved in a number of high profile litigation cases worldwide. The Samsung versus Apple lawsuits have typically focussed on design rights. The Dyson case focuses on patents – the central steering invention that forms a fundamental part of Dyson technology, not just how the machine looks.