Dyson wins patent case

Dyson Appliances has won the legal case it brought against vacuum cleaner rival Hoover for infringement of a patented design (DW 21 July).

The High Court in London has found that Hoover deliberately copied a fundamental part of the Dyson Dual Cyclone model. Dyson founder James Dyson says in a statement, “I’m very pleased. I have spent 20 years developing this product. Hoover has made a lot of false claims about this product and has rightly been found guilty of patent infringement.”

A Hoover spokesman says, “We thought we had a good case, but the judge has decided otherwise.” He says the company will appeal.

The High Court will consider a damages claim from Dyson, and the fate of remaining Hoover stocks, on 13 October.

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