Dyson court case proves that British manufacturers need to invest in R&D

The successful outcome to James Dyson’s High Court action against Hoover’s infringement of his patent and copyright on the Dual Cyclone Cleaner is obviously good news.

Hoover said it would appeal the case and warned that hundreds of jobs at its Scottish production plant could be at risk if it failed.

The UK is not short of highly imaginative and innovative designers and engineers. Perhaps if Hoover spent more time and money on research and development, and less time and money copying its competitors’ products, it would not end up as a defendant in court cases and hundreds of jobs need not be at risk.

David Crisp


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