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Vacuum-Maker Dyson Accuses Bosch of Paying Mole to Steal Designs

Dyson Ltd., the bagless vacuum-cleaner maker, accused Robert Bosch GmbH of paying one of its engineers to steal motor designs in a U.K. lawsuit.

Bosch paid the “mole” to pass on technology, which was also given to Bosch’s Chinese motor manufacturer, Malmesbury, England-based Dyson said in a statement yesterday.

“Bosch’s vice president for engineering employed a Dyson engineer and benefited from our confidential know-how and expertise,” Mark Taylor, Dyson’s research director, said in the statement. “We are demanding the immediate return of our intellectual property.”

Dyson has previously accused French and Chinese companies of copying its products. Intellectual property rights for its air multiplier fan have been infringed about 500 times in 30 countries during the past two years, Dyson said in its statement.

Bosch had a consulting arrangement with the engineer, who worked on garden products, the Gerlingen, Germany-based company said in a statement. Bosch is looking into Dyson’s claim and declined to comment further on the allegations.

The case is: Dyson Technology Limited v. Robert Bosch Limited & Ors, High Court of Justice, Chancery Division, HC12E04131.

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