Dyson loses Vax court battle about vac designCourt rejects claim that Vax copied Dyson

28 October 2011

The Dyson DC02 and Vax Mach Zen

The Dyson DC02 (left) and the Vax Mach Zen (right)

Claims that Vax copied a vacuum cleaner design from rival Dyson been rejected by the Court of Appeal.

Dyson has been fighting a legal battle with Vax over the design of the Vax Mach Zen since early 2010.

Dyson claims the Mach Zen copies the design of its first bagless vacuum cleaner, the DC02.

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Dyson loses vacuum design case

Yesterday, judges in the Court of Appeal backed an earlier decision which rejected Dyson’s claims.

Dyson recently won a similar case, against Vax’s sister company Dirt Devil, in France.

Dyson DC02

The Dyson DC02

Following the court's decision, Vax managing director Simon Lawson praised the Mach Zen and said: ‘I am proud of our UK-based design and innovation team.’

In a statement, James Dyson accused Vax of 'cashing-in' on Dyson's success.

He said: ‘We’ve invested decades, not to mention millions, in creating better technology. And sadly we waste millions more in cases like this. We need to better protect British design.’

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Vax Mach Zen

The Vax Mach Zen

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