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Vacuum powerhouse Dyson has filed legal proceedings against Bosch in Britain's High Court, accusing its German rival of having obtained corporate secrets through a mole within a high-security research and development department.
Dyson, known for its popular bagless vacuum cleaner, claims that a rogue engineer working in its facility in Malmesbury for Dyson digital motors was handing company secrets to Bosch for up to two years.
The company claimed Wednesday that Bosch paid the mole through an unincorporated business created solely for that purpose and that Bosch's vice president Wolfgang Hirschburger was aware of the engineer's work.
Bosch expressed regret that Dyson has pursued legal action, saying it has been trying to establish what happened and what, if any, confidential information was supposedly passed between the companies.