A civil lawsuit filed on August 23 in New York by Ohio-based multinational consumer goods manufacturer Procter & Gamble Co.’s Gillette subsidiary asks the United States District Court to force competing consumer products company Edgewell Personal Care to shelve newly-launched private label razors and remove copy from their labels declaring that their razors “shave as good or better” than Gillette’s Mach 3 blades.
The lawsuit alleges that Schick’s private-label razors were manufactured while Gillette’s patent was still valid. Patent law prohibits competitors from making similar products while the patent is still in effect. Gillette argues that Schick’s products were released to the market entirely too soon after the Mach 3’s patent expired to have complied with the law. The company also rejects claims that Shick’s razors shave as well or better than theirs do.
This is not Gillette’s first patent infringement lawsuit in recent years. In 2015, Gillette filed a lawsuit against California-based razor delivery company Dollar Shave Club for allegedly infringing on Gillette’s hundred patents. Gillette also sued ShaveLogic Inc. last year, after four of it’s former employees moved to the budding company. They were accused of breaching their contracts and sharing trade secrets with their new company.
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