LONDON Feb 13 A British court on Friday
ordered South Korean electronics company Samsung (005930.KS) to
pay British company Dyson Technology Limited a likely 590,000
pounds (US $852,600) for trying to patent the vacuum cleaner
maker's triple-cyclone technology.
A year ago, unlisted Dyson took Samsung to court to revoke
two British patents of its three-cyclone system, which uses
aerospace technology to subject vacuumed dirt to a G-force
43,000 times that experienced by a Formula one racing driver.
In a technical 60-page ruling given at the end of January,
Britain's High Court upheld Dyson's principal claims that it
had already invented and patented the system.
The judge at a cost hearing on Friday repeated that Dyson
was the clear winner in the case and ordered Samsung to pay the
company most of its court costs.
"Samsung aped our patented technology and cynically claimed
to have invented it," Dyson Chief Executive James Dyson said in
"We may not be a commercial giant like Samsung, but we will
vigorously defend all the technology we have worked hard to
develop and protect. Today's result is a win for engineers and
inventors," he said.
"This ruling relates only to the validity of certain patent
claims," Samsung said in a statement. "Also the ruling does not
affect the supply of our products."
The judge, Justice Arnold, said: "In the present case it
seems to be clear that Dyson is the winner," adding the company
was successful in entirely invalidating one patent and
successfully attacking the part of the other patent it had
intended to attack.
The judge ordered Samsung Gwangju Electronics Co Limited to
pay Dyson 65 percent of the roughly 900,000 pounds in costs
Dyson incurred during the trial. Subject to a detailed cost
assessment, this equates to 590,000 pounds (US $852,600).
Arnold directed Samsung to pay an interim payment of
275,000 pounds within 21 days.
Samsung, which won some patent amendments and therefore did
not have to pay 100 percent of Dyson's court costs, requested
and was given permission to appeal the decision.
(Reporting by Paul Lauener)