Dyson claims Samsung cleaner ripped off its vacuum technology

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DYSON, the British manufacturer, is suing Samsung for allegedly ripping off the technology in its vacuum cleaners.

Samsung revealed the Motion Sync vacuum cleaner at Berlin’s consumer trade exhibition IFA last week.

Dyson founder Sir James Dyson yesterday labelled Samsung’s vacuum “a cynical rip-off”.

The dispute centers around Dyson’s patent on a steering mechanism for cylinder cleaners, which it says is breached by Samsung’s vacuum.

Samsung denied the accusation that it had copied Dyson’s technology in their new vacuum.

“The Samsung Motion Sync is an outcome of our own extensive research and development," a Samsung spokeswoman said.

The British vacuum manufacturer filed a patent for the steering technology in 2009, and the technology can now be found in two of Dyson’s vacuums which have been on sale for two years.

Dyson has a history of defending its technologies with past cases against Hoover, Vax and Bosch.