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Gillette Patent Infringement Suit Against Schick Aims To Cut Out Competition

This article was originally published in The Rose Sheet

Executive Summary

Gillette is seeking to thwart the debut of Schick Quattro men's razor, slated to launch in September, with a patent infringement lawsuit against razor marketer Energizer

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Gillette/Energizer suit

Boston, Mass. federal court Judge Patti Saris denies Schick's motion for summary judgment of non-infringement, according to Dec. 19 memorandum and order. Gillette filed suit against Schick in 2003, claiming company's Quattro four-bladed men's razor infringed its proprietary progressive blade geometry technology for multi-blade razors, used in such products as Mach3 and Venus (1"The Rose Sheet" Aug. 13, 2003, p. 3). Firm sought to prevent Quattro launch but Saris denied Gillette's request for preliminary injunction, concluding patent only applied to three-bladed razors (2"The Rose Sheet" Jan. 19, 2004, In Brief). Her ruling was later overturned by Federal Circuit Court of Appeals. Court document notes Gillette is not seeking summary judgment of infringement; case will likely now proceed to trial...

Gillette/Energizer suit

Boston, Mass. federal court Judge Patti Saris denies Schick's motion for summary judgment of non-infringement, according to Dec. 19 memorandum and order. Gillette filed suit against Schick in 2003, claiming company's Quattro four-bladed men's razor infringed its proprietary progressive blade geometry technology for multi-blade razors, used in such products as Mach3 and Venus (1"The Rose Sheet" Aug. 13, 2003, p. 3). Firm sought to prevent Quattro launch but Saris denied Gillette's request for preliminary injunction, concluding patent only applied to three-bladed razors (2"The Rose Sheet" Jan. 19, 2004, In Brief). Her ruling was later overturned by Federal Circuit Court of Appeals. Court document notes Gillette is not seeking summary judgment of infringement; case will likely now proceed to trial...

Schick Quattro suit

Boston federal court denies Gillette's request for a preliminary injunction against Energizer's Schick Quattro razor, allowing the firm to continue marketing the razor in the U.S., Energizer announces Jan. 15. Judge Patti Saris "determined that Gillette had no reasonable likelihood of success on the claim of literal infringement," according to Energizer. The razor and battery manufacturer had claimed removing Quattro, which launched in September, from the market could translate to a loss of more than $319 mil. in earnings and would cost $61 mil. (1"The Rose Sheet" Oct. 13, 2003, p. 6). The company is "highly confident" it will prevail in the pending patent infringement lawsuit, which Gillette filed Aug. 12 (2"The Rose Sheet" Aug. 18, 2003, p. 3)...

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