Standard Innovation’s We-Vibe Patent emerges from USPTO reexamination intact and stronger
September 8, 2014 —OTTAWA, ONTARIO — On August 25, 2014, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) issued an Ex Parte Reexamination Certificate, following the reexamination of the Standard Innovation® patent covering the We-Vibe® (U.S. Patent No. 7,931,605). The ‘605 Patent has now been examined and issued twice by the USPTO, and is stronger than ever.
The second USPTO review resulted from an Ex Parte Reexamination request filed by Lelo, Inc. in October 2013. Despite Lelo’s latest attempt to challenge the ‘605 Patent, the USPTO has upheld the validity of the claims as originally issued. Not a single claim was altered during the reexamination process.
Accordingly, the ‘605 Patent, as well as the General Exclusion and Cease and Desist Orders issued in June 2013 by the United States International Trade Commission (ITC), remain in full force. The ITC found the ‘605 Patent valid, and that several Lelo products, including the Tiani and Tiani 2, infringe.
Civil actions against Lelo involving infringement of the ’605 Patent and related patents remain pending in the U.S. Federal District Court for the Southern District of Texas and in the Federal Court of Canada. Standard Innovation continues to enforce its valuable intellectual property rights, and bring its leading patented brand of sexual wellness products to market together with valued channel partners.
Standard Innovation was represented by McDermott Will & Emery LLP before the USPTO, Osha Liang LLP for U.S. litigation matters, and Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP as coordinating litigation and intellectual property counsel.
About Standard Innovation
Standard Innovation 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. Dedicated to shaping the future of sexual health and wellness, Standard Innovation expanded its product family to include a solo line of products including Tango by We-Vibe™ and Touch by We-Vibe™. The full line of We-Vibe® products is currently available at thousands of retail locations in over 50 countries around the world.