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Samsung's Motion Sync is the target

Samsung is already engaged in a bloody battle with Apple over smartphone and tablet patents, but now, the South Korean electronics company may be sued for vacuum patents. 

British technology company Dyson Ltd. is looking to file a lawsuit against Samsung over a new vacuum that the Galaxy device maker revealed at IFA 2013 last week. Dyson claims that Samsung's vacuum infringes on its patent for a steering mechanism specifically for cylinder cleaners.  

"This looks like a cynical rip-off," said Sir James Dyson, founder of 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. 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."

Dyson filed for the steering patent in 2009. It consists of a technique that allows the cleaner to spin quickly from one direction to another on the spot, and also follow the user's path rather than just being dragged behind. This stops the vacuum from getting snagged on corners.

Samsung's new cleaner -- the Samsung Motion Sync -- touts a revolutionary swivel body design that makes quick movements and allows for easier sudden turns. 


Samsung, of course, denies that it was copying Dyson's design. 

"We will take all necessary measures, including legal actions, to protect our technological innovation against Dyson's groundless claims," said a Samsung spokeswoman.

This isn't the first showdown between Samsung and Dyson. Back in 2009, Samsung was ordered to pay £600,000 for trying to patent Dyson's "triple-cyclone" suction technology. 

Source: BBC News





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