Swords drawn in patent dispute

The Gillette Company announced recently that it has filed a patent infringement suit against Energizer Holdings, charging that the new Schick Quattro razor violates a Mach3 shaving system technology patent.

Specifically, Gillette charges that Energizer has illegally incorporated the proprietary progressive blade geometry technology of the Mach3 system in the Schick product.

‘We welcome honest and innovative competition, but we will vigorously defend our valuable intellectual property,’ said Peter K. Hoffman, president, Gillette grooming. ‘Gillette’s substantial investment in research and development ensures that our products perform the very best. We owe it to our consumers, trade customers and shareholders to protect that investment.’

Filed on August 12, 2003 in Federal District Court in Boston, the lawsuit calls for preliminary and permanent injunctive relief, treble monetary damages and other relief.

Protected by more than 50 patents, the Mach3 franchise is said to be the shaving category’s most successful brand. In 2002, the Mach3 and Mach3Turbo systems generated worldwide consumer sales of more than $2 billion.