Roomba vacuum

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iRobot says a number of of the patented applied sciences utilized in its Roomba vary have been copied with out permission

Robotic vacuums specialist iRobot is suing Hoover and Black & Decker amongst others over claims they used its applied sciences with out permission.

The Massachusetts-based firm cites a wide range of patents in its authorized filings, together with misuse of its obstacle-detection system, brush designs and navigation controls.

It’s searching for monetary compensation and the precise to dam additional use of its tech.

The accused have but to reply.

iRobot started promoting robotic vacuums underneath the Roomba model in 2002 and says it has bought greater than 15 million models thus far.

“The submitting of this litigation alerts our dedication to defending our investments,” it mentioned in a press release given to the Boston Globe newspaper.

“iRobot won’t stand by whereas others provide merchandise that infringe on our mental property.”

Hoover launched its first robo-vacuum – the Quest 1000 – final 12 months, whereas Black & Decker solely unveiled its Smartech robotic vary on the CES commerce present in January, and has but to place them on sale.

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Hoover is a comparatively new participant within the robotic vacuum market

Others being sued embody:

  • Shenzhen Silver Star Clever Know-how – a Chinese language agency that manufactures the robotic vacuums bought by Hoover and Black & Decker
  • Bobsweep – a Canadian robotic vacuum-maker
  • Bissell Homecare – a US vacuum cleaner and carpet merchandise agency
  • Suzhou Actual energy – a Chinese language firm that makes alternative elements for Hoover

This isn’t the primary time iRobot has gone to the courts over an mental property dispute.

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Black & Decker’s robotic vacuums are resulting from go on sale in June

It sued 4 German companies over related claims in 2013.

Previous to that it sued Robotic FX over allegations the navy robotic specialist had stolen commerce secrets and techniques, which led the Chicago-based firm to dissolve in 2007.