U.S. Patent Office Rejects Challenge to Validity of LELO Patent

Apr 28, 2015 10:28 AM PST

SAN JOSE, Calif. — The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has issued a final decision rejecting a challenge to the validity of all claims of LELO’s U.S. Patent No. 7,749,178 covering inductive charging of personal massagers, which directly relates to the sale of the We-Vibe 2, We-Vibe 3, We-Vibe 4 and We-Vibe 4 Plus products.

The final decision has cleared the path for LELO to seek monetary compensation from Standard Innovation Corp., as well as all distributors and retailers that sell infringing items.

After being accused of infringement of LELO’s U.S. Patent No. 7,749,178 through the importation and sale of inductively charged We-Vibe products in the U.S., Standard Innovation, makers of the We-Vibe line, filed a request with the Patent Office challenging the validity of LELO’s patent.

Last week, the Patent Office issued its final decision by rejecting Standard Innovation’s challenge to the validity of LELO’s patent.

Now the case will proceed in a federal court to decide the infringement issue and the assessment of damages.

Distributors and retailers worldwide seeking more extensive advice on how to proceed at this time are advised to contact legalteam@lelo.com.

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