Will Sir James Dyson clean up? It's all rather evocative of James Bond!

Nowadays inventions are big business and the design rights are worth fighting for in the courts.

Sir James Dyson, the inventor and business tycoon, has brought civil proceedings in the High Court, as a result of allegations that an employee may have been leaking information to a competitor. The employee worked in the equivalent of Dyson's 'Q' department which carries out research and development.


Of course James Bond's Q is a fictional character who has appeared in many of the Bond films. Film-makers would have us believe that Q is the head of the mysterious research and development branch of the British Secret Service.


Dyson are not commenting upon when the alleged industrial espionage took place, but the allegations come at a time when James Bond has returned to the big screen with Ian Fleming's Skyfall in which Q makes a reappearance.


We may think that tales of espionage belong to a different era along with stories of the cold war and are a far cry from reality, but it seems as though inventions are big business and that the design rights are worth fighting for in the courts.


Dyson is a British company and has taken action against competitors in the past. Back in 2010, the French courts ruled that the company behind "Dirt Devil" vacuum cleaners, had unfairly copied Dyson's overall appearance with its distinctive grey design and bright colours. Dyson has also had 'brushes' with Chinese firms over issues of copyright.


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