We-Vibe and LELO reach dispute settlement
If you’ve been following the story of We-Vibe and LELO and the battle of the couple’s vibrator distribution rights, you’ll know that this day has been a long time coming. Need to get up to speed? Read Hella Rude’s report of the We-Vibe and LELO legal dispute here.
Now it seems an agreement has been reached – and I’m sure I’m not alone in breathing a sigh of relief. It wasn’t pleasant to see these two giants of the luxury sex toy manufacturing and sales world, We-Vibe and LELO, publicly scrapping over patents. Sure, a patent needs protecting and defending, but hopefully now everyone can move forwards with developing the technologically advanced pleasure products we’ve come to expect from these well-known and trusted brands.
There have been a few outstanding patents which have attracted lawsuits in the US from We-Vibe and LELO, and I won’t bore you with the technical and legal details. Long story short, We-Vibe filed the US patent for C shaped couple’s vibrators back in 2005, stopping LELO from selling their later developed and created C shaped couple’s vibrator (Tiani) from being sold in the US. This was later challenged by LELO, attempting to begin and grow sales of the Tiani and other C shaped couple’s vibrators in the US, which led to a heated legal battle between the two companies.
The legal agreement which has now been reached allows both We-Vibe and LELO to respectfully license and use each other’s relevant intellectual property. In real terms, the settlement grants LELO a license to use We-Vibe’s couple’s vibrator patent in products such as LELO Tiani, Tiani 2, Tiani 3, Noa and the Intimina Kalia, and grants We-Vibe a license to use LELO’s inductively chargeable massager patent.
Frank Ferrari, president of Standard Innovation (We-Vibe) said in a statement:
“We are thrilled to see this process come to an end and to have Standard Innovation’s patent covering the We-Vibe respectfully honored.”
Steve Thomson, CMO of LELO agreed that the settlement was good news all round.
“We are delighted to reach this positive conclusion for our distributors, retailers and consumers that will be able to enjoy LELO’s Tiani couple’s products throughout the world. We wish to thank all our partners for their continued support.
“We’re now looking forward to continued strong growth for the couple’s category in the months and years ahead.”
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