Dyson has certainly has its fair share of success in the realm of vacuums. Its bagless cleaners remain the firm’s most popular products. Many consumers across the UK and elsewhere around the world head online to get their hands on these items, along with any Dyson spare parts they need.
It is perhaps no surprise then that the company feels highly protective over its vacuums. Recently, it emerged that the engineering giant is suing rival organisation Samsung over a steering mechanism in the South Korean firm’s new vacuum.
Dyson claims that its competitor has copied the design element. The dispute centres on the Motion Sync vacuum cleaner, which was recently showcased at the Ifa tech show in Berlin. According to Dyson, the product infringes its patent for cylinder cleaners. Samsung denies the allegations. A spokeswoman remarked: “We will take all necessary measures, including legal actions, to protect our technological innovation against Dyson’s groundless claims.” She added: “The Samsung Motion Sync is an outcome of our own extensive research and development.”
However, the British firm is clearly prepared to fight. It revealed it has issued proceedings in the High Court in England. Meanwhile, its founder Sir James Dyson remarked: “This looks like a cynical rip-off. 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 first applied for a patent for its ‘swift motion’ steering mechanism in 2009. It details a way to allow vacuums to spin quickly from one direction to another on the spot and to follow users’ paths, rather than simply being dragged behind them, in order to prevent the appliances from getting snagged on corners.
This is not the first time Dyson has gone to court to protect its patents. The BBC notes that in February 2009, Samsung was ordered to pay £600,000 of Dyson’s legal costs after it tried to patent suction technology already used in the UK firm’s ‘triple-cyclone’ cleaners. Meanwhile, Hoover, Vax and Bosch have also been sued by the company.
Firms like Dyson and Samsung are constantly pushing forward the boundaries of engineering and creating new and exciting products with a host of user-friendly features. This is good news for consumers, who can use the appliances to help make their lives easier.
One of the best places to find vacuums and other appliances is the web. Shopping online offers consumers impressive levels of convenience, saving them time and hassle. It can also help ensure they benefit from optimal choice and the best deals.
As well as buying the appliances themselves in cyberspace, people can use the internet to get their hands on Dyson parts. Fixing vacuums and other products with the aid of Dyson spares minimises waste, which is good news for the environment and for consumers’ bank balances alike.