Dyson initially launched legal action against Vax last year, claiming that the company’s Mach Zen model (pictured right) infringed the overall design of Dyson’s first cylinder vacuum, the DC02 (pictured left).
After losing a High Court case in July, Dyson then took the case to the Court of Appeal.
The Court of Appeal has now ruled that the Mach Zen cleaner has its own, individual design and ordered Dyson to pay Vax’s costs, which Vax says total almost £200 000 – although Dyson says the costs are £78 000.
Dyson says it recently won a case in the French courts in which it claimed that the Dirt Devil had copied Dyson’s overall look. Both Vax and Dirt Devil are owned by China-based company TTI. Sir James Dyson says, ‘We need to better protect British design.’