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IRobot Loses Bid to Halt SharkNinja Vacuum Sales During Suit (2)

Nov. 26, 2019, 9:27 PMUpdated: Nov. 27, 2019, 2:25 PM

IRobot Corp. said it lost its bid to block upstart SharkNinja Operating LLC from selling what it calls a cheaper knockoff of its popular Roomba i7+ robotic vacuum cleaner while a patent-infringement lawsuit proceeds.

The ruling, by U.S. District Judge Allison Burroughs in Boston, came after iRobot argued that SharkNinja was copying patented features so it could undercut the i7+ by more than half its price just as the holiday shopping season approaches. IRobot said it was disappointed in the decision but is “fully committed to achieving a successful outcome” on both patent claims and a false advertising allegation.

“We ...