Sir James Dyson has instructed lawyers to issue proceedings in the High Court in England against Samsung claiming Samsung has infringed upon Dyson’s patented steering mechanism for cylindrical vacuum cleaners.
Dyson filed a patent application for the mechanism in 2009 and been seen taking steps to protect its inventions ever since. We have already seen claims being made against Hoover, Bosch and Vax and so this claim against Samsung is not surprising. Dyson say the steering system took 3 years to develop and the Samsung product looks like “a cycincal rip-off”.
The claim is in the early stages but we understand from reports that Samsung will seek to defend the claim stating it “will take all necessary measures, including legal actions, to protect our technological innovation against Dyson’s groundless claims”. Strong words but Samsung may well be nervous of court proceedings if their cards are not in order as previous litigation between the 2 resulted in Samsung being ordered to pay a contribution of £600,000.00 toward Dyson’s legal costs.
At EHL we will follow the progress of this claim but with revisions in 2013 to the way litigation is to be tackled it may be early mediation may draw it to a conclusion or restrictions on costs budgets prevent the risk of loss becoming too great.
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