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#1 +V-Tech

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Posted 10 September 2013 - 13:26

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If Samsung's patent infringement battle with Apple wasn't enough, the Korean company is in the spotlight again over claims that it intentionally copied the design of a patented Dyson vacuum. The British manufacturer has filed a lawsuit with the UK High Court accusing Samsung of duplicating the steering mechanism used in its DC cylinder models and embedding a similar component in the new Motion Sync vacuum cleaner (unveiled last week at IFA 2013). Unfortunately for Samsung, Dyson patented the mechanism back in 2009, which has led Sir James Dyson, the company's founder, to call it a "cynical rip-off." Considering Dyson successfully sued its rival for infringing on its "triple-cyclone" patent four years ago, Samsung's lawyers might just have to suck it up and make a settlement offer.

 

 

http://www.engadget....design-rip-off/




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Posted 10 September 2013 - 13:38

Here I thought it would be the cyclone technology but they are suing for the wheel.



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Posted 10 September 2013 - 13:40

Here I thought it would be the cyclone technology but they are suing for the wheel.

that's what I thought also

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Posted 10 September 2013 - 13:44

Samsung copying?  No wayyy



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Posted 10 September 2013 - 13:48

Dyson is the best. Period.



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Posted 10 September 2013 - 13:53

I have the Dyson DC26 and love the little thing, I generally like Samsung also but man they copy everything.



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Posted 10 September 2013 - 13:59

I just don't get this. I have been freelancing for 2 years now in product design and just about every company I have worked with has patent lawyers all of them are no where near as large as Samsung. Each of these companies would run their designs by patent lawyers checking for infringement or even checking if a new patent was available. I just don't get how companies as large as Samsung for example seem to think they can skirt around patents, I know they have to have a bunch of patent lawyers right   



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Posted 10 September 2013 - 14:06

I just don't get this. I have been freelancing for 2 years now in product design and just about every company I have worked with has patent lawyers all of them are no where near as large as Samsung. Each of these companies would run their designs by patent lawyers checking for infringement or even checking if a new patent was available. I just don't get how companies as large as Samsung for example seem to think they can skirt around patents, I know they have to have a bunch of patent lawyers right   

I'm starting to think they just don't care, in one respect it's more free advertising for them, (I say this in respect of something I once read, bad advertisement is still advertisement)  if one looks at LG's range, a lot of their products look like samsungs, and some Chinese automobile manufacturers blatantly copy designs to such an extreme that at first glance, you could be fooled into thinking it was a genuine product from another manufacturer



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Posted 10 September 2013 - 14:11

If you can't come up with innovative ideas on your own, just copy someone else's I guess.



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Posted 10 September 2013 - 14:35

Dyson is the best. Period.

Sorry, Not to start anything, but It would be fairer to say they're the best for what they are, some American Vaccum cleaners like the Oreck (If they still exist) and Kirby are better in some respects, but I will concede the Kirby are really expensive, for a vaccum cleaner.



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Posted 10 September 2013 - 14:55

If you can't come up with innovative ideas on your own, just copy someone else's I guess.

 Its not just this. A lot of times, and I have done this many times for school projects (not real life ones), companies will do market research. This usually means dissecting the guts of your competitive product, reverse engineering it. From there you try to either design something new or if it already works really well you try to design something similar. If you go the similar route, then you have to go through a patent lawyer to check for infringement. Its not always about out innovating the competition especially if they have a really good design already. Usually with patents there is some sort of leeway to design a mechanism that similar but different other times there isn't 



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Posted 10 September 2013 - 15:30

Sorry, Not to start anything, 

 

But you just did :p

 

but It would be fairer to say they're the best for what they are, some American Vaccum cleaners like the Oreck (If they still exist) and Kirby are better in some respects, but I will concede the Kirby are really expensive, for a vaccum cleaner.

 

 

Built-in American vacuum cleaners are pretty good.

 

Among the stand-alone ones, Dyson is the best because of their cyclone  technology. It's got massive power and it filters everything thanks to the forces of gravity (centripetal acceleration) I believe.

 

Here I thought it would be the cyclone technology but they are suing for the wheel.

 

I guess you cannot copyright physics/nature :)