Research and development and intellectually property are the lifeblood of any industry, and none more so than technology - whether that's enterprise software, tablets and smartphones or cleaning products.
Protecting these assets is vital, as many firms are proving with endless patent cases currently taking place in markets around the world.
The latest tech spat, albeit a slightly different set of firms to the ones V3 usually covers, has seen Dyson, the maker of premium-priced vacuum cleaners, speedy hand driers and bladeless fans (above), head to the High Court to ask for industrial secrets it believes was stolen by its rival Bosch to be returned.
The case involves the apparent theft of trade secrets related to its digital motors – the supercharged machines that lie at the heart of its best-selling products.
Dyson believes Bosch paid a company worker at its top secret digital motors facility to hand over its secrets and wants the courts to force its German rival to hand back the information.
According to multiple reports, Dyson claimed to have confronted Bosch with evidence of wrongdoing, but had been stonewalled, forcing it to take legal action.
Dyson is notoriously secretive about its technology, and has often taken action against firms that copy its patented technology.
But the latest case seems more like a throwback to a bygone era, where industrial espionage took place through the exchange of brown envelopes in greasy spoons, rather than via sophisticated pilfering via computer networks. Still, as all good security consultants point out: it's always staff that are the weakest link.
Bosch hit back, claiming Dyson had invited trouble into its own house by employing a consultant who already had a pre-existing consultancy agreement with Bosch, but on its Lawn and Garden Limited division, nothing to do with vacuum cleaners or hand dryers.
"Bosch has sought to establish the full details of what occurred, including attempting to establish from Dyson what, if any, confidential information supposedly passed between Bosch and Dyson," it said.
Whatever the outcome it underlines that whatever industry you are in, trade secrets and patent protection are vital, and you can never rest on your laurels.
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