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IRobot Launches New Attack on SharkNinja’s Robotic Vacuums (2)

Jan. 29, 2021, 6:48 PM

IRobot Corp., maker of Roomba robotic vacuum cleaners, has filed a new patent-infringement complaint seeking to get rival JS Global Lifestyle Co.’s SharkNinja vacuums and hybrid vacuum-moppers cut out of the U.S. market.

In a complaint filed Thursday at the U.S. International Trade Commission in Washington, iRobot portrays itself as an American success story with a “passion for innovation” that’s been undercut by SharkNinja incorporating those inventions into its Chinese-made knockoffs. IRobot wants the trade agency to ban imports of various SharkNinja products, including the ION, IQ and AI wet/dry VacMop.

Bedford, Massachusetts-based iRobot is turning to the ...