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#1 +techbeck

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Posted 17 February 2014 - 13:58

Samsung is suing Dyson for 10 billion won (around $9.4 million) following claims from the British vacuum maker that a Samsung product looked like a "cynical rip-off" of its design. Dyson sued Samsung last year, accusing the company of infringing on its patented vacuum-steering system. That lawsuit was later dropped, but not before depicting Samsung as a repeat patent violator, the Korean company alleges. Samsung confirms in a statement to The Korea Times that the accusations "seriously hurt its corporate image," adding that Dyson's "groundless litigation" was "intolerable."

 

Following Dyson's decision to drop its lawsuit, Samsung co-CEO Yoon Boo-keun said the company would take "a hard-line stance against patent trolls that use litigations as a marketing tool," and the company is now following through on that promise. Although the $9.4 million figure is not a lot of money to either company, the amount could increase if the courts agree with Samsung's position. The lawsuit isn't about money, however; Dyson has a history of pursuing rivals for patent infringement — the company has previously successfully sued both Samsung and Hoover — and Samsung says the lawsuit is an attempt to prevent "similar incidents" from reoccurring.

 

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#2 FloatingFatMan

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Posted 18 February 2014 - 07:10

But Sammy are intolerable copycats!  This could really backfire on them...



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Posted 18 February 2014 - 07:18

This sucks... pardon... vacuums...



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Posted 18 February 2014 - 07:20

so to stop patent trolling, they troll Dyson with a huge lawsuit over a vacuum design they clearly copied, just like how they copy most other devices. Samsung is getting on my nerves.



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Posted 18 February 2014 - 07:21

was the lawsuit dropped or was it 'settled' outside the court?



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Posted 18 February 2014 - 07:24

So, instead of being known as a copycat, they're going to known as a sue-happy copycat.



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Posted 18 February 2014 - 07:26

No company should be able to patent natural phenomena like centrifugal force and all corporations can be called patent trolls because these are the rules of the game.

 

Have said that, I'm with Dyson on this one.



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Posted 18 February 2014 - 10:26

No company should be able to patent natural phenomena like centrifugal force and all corporations can be called patent trolls because these are the rules of the game.

 

Have said that, I'm with Dyson on this one.

 

Dyson didn't; they patented their designs for a vacuum cleaner which Sammy supposedly later copied. I guess they dropped the case later because either they cut a deal, or it was found Sammy's copy didn't quite match their patent.

 

Remember, patents cover only a specific way of doing something; unless you're Apple in which case your patent covers anything that's even remotely similar. ;)  Sammy seem to like to copy others designs, but do at least try to make their own implementation not quite the same...



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Posted 18 February 2014 - 13:25

Samsung may have a case here considering Dyson dropped the suit.

 

so to stop patent trolling, they troll Dyson with a huge lawsuit over a vacuum design they clearly copied, just like how they copy most other devices. Samsung is getting on my nerves.

 

no, Samsung is suing Dyson for damages to Samsung's image.



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Posted 18 February 2014 - 14:14

Dyson didn't; they patented their designs for a vacuum cleaner which Sammy supposedly later copied. I guess they dropped the case later because either they cut a deal, or it was found Sammy's copy didn't quite match their patent.

 

Remember, patents cover only a specific way of doing something; unless you're Apple in which case your patent covers anything that's even remotely similar. ;)  Sammy seem to like to copy others designs, but do at least try to make their own implementation not quite the same...

 

Samsung successfully relied on a prior art defense.



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Posted 21 February 2014 - 15:46

Let North Korea have at, on Samsung.