iRobot files vacuum patent infringement proceedings

iRobot Corp., maker of the Roomba vacuuming robot, said it filed legal proceedings for patent infringement against multiple robotic vacuum cleaner manufacturers and sellers including Bissell, Hoover, bObsweep, iLife, Black & Decker “and the Chinese or Taiwanese companies that manufacture the infringing products.”

iRobot said it asserted six patents in the US International Trade Commission (ITC) and the US District Court for the District of Massachusetts against multiple respondents.

“In the action, iRobot is asking the ITC to institute an investigation into the infringement of the ‘490, ‘308, ‘090, ‘553, ‘233 and ‘924 patents, and to issue an exclusion order permanently barring infringing products from entry into the United States,” said iRobot.

 iRobot CEO Colin Angle said: “The filing of this litigation signals our commitment to protecting our investments.

“We are confident that our strategy will result in continued growth and maintaining our global leadership position.”