Dyson loses High Court vacuum cleaner case

Dyson is considering appealing against yesterday’s High Court ruling that a Vax vacuum cleaner does not infringe its registered design.

Dyson started legal proceedings against Vax in January, claiming that the company’s Mach Zen bagless cylinder vacuum cleaner (pictured above right) infringes the overall design of Dyson’s 1994 cylinder vacuum, the DC02 (pictured above left).

Reacting to yesterday’s High Court ruling, Vax managing director Simon Lawson said the decision ‘means that the achievements of our young, talented British design team have been recognised’.

Dyson says in a statement, ‘The judgment is disappointing. Large round wheels, the angle of the clear bin, the line of the handle – does TTI’s Vax-badged machine resemble Dyson’s design?’

The statement continues, ‘Admittedly, this is a 16-year-old design and Dyson’s engineering team has moved on… but what is the point of UK registered design law, if not to protect novel and striking designs?’

Dyson has been advised by its lawyers to seek permission to appeal.

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