Standard Innovation confident that weaknesses of Lelo’s purchased patent will be exposed through legal process
April 29, 2015 — OTTAWA, ONTARIO– Following the recent written decision issued during an Inter Partes Review (IPR) proceeding at the United States Patent Office (USPTO), Standard Innovation® remains confident in its legal strategy related to Lelo’s inductively chargeable massager patent (US patent No. 7,749,178). As the legal process proceeds, evidence to be presented in other courts will expose weaknesses in Lelo’s purchased patent. Standard Innovation® remains steadfast in its support of its loyal We‑Vibe® distributors and retailers.
While the recent USPTO decision did not find the claims of Lelo’s patent invalid, the decision was based on a “publication” technicality, and did not consider the full arsenal of challenges available in other courts. Further, the IPR proceeding is not concluded since the written decision remains subject to review. Upon the eventual trial on the merits, which is not expected until 2016, Standard Innovation® will be afforded the opportunity to dispel Lelo’s accusations.
On April 2, 2013, Standard Innovation® was named in a U.S. civil action, filed by Lelo Inc., alleging that a component of the We‑Vibe® 3 charging mechanism infringes on a Lelo-owned U.S. patent. Lelo did not invent the charging mechanism technology, nor does it use it in its products — it purchased the patent (No. 7,749,178), allegedly covering the technology, from a third party.
Standard Innovation® is strongly of the view that the allegations lack merit and are highly questionable. Given the crowded intellectual property landscape for inductive charging products, and the configuration of the We‑Vibe® 3, the company believes that Lelo’s claims are baseless.
Standard Innovation® invites its distribution and retail partners to contact them at [email protected] with any concerns or questions. The company stands behind its innovative We-Vibe® product line and our dedicated partners.
About Standard Innovation®
Standard Innovation Corporation is a world leader in designing and manufacturing high-quality, body-safe, eco-friendly intimate products. Its original and signature couples product, We‑Vibe®, quickly became the fastest selling sexual wellness product of its type in history. The full line of We‑Vibe® products is currently available at thousands of retail locations in over 50 countries around the world.