Gillette Is Suing Dollar Shave Club For Patent Infringement

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Gillette Is Suing Dollar Shave Club For Patent Infringement.

Gillette, a behemoth in the razor market, is putting the screws to popular e-commerce upstart Dollar Shave Club, in an attempt to curb its razor sales altogether. †Introductory offers to be billed 4 weekly as per the following – The Australian Digital Subscription $4 per week to be billed as $16 4-weekly; The Australian Digital Subscription + The Weekend Australian (delivered Saturday) $4 per week to be billed as $16 4-weekly; The Australian Digital Subscription + 6 day paper delivery $8 per week to be billed as $32 4-weekly. The company boasted an online subscription model that started at $1 per month and has since racked up 10 million customers and more than $90 million in capital, according to the Wall Street Journal. While conducting “market surveillance” earlier this year, Gillette says it spotted the stolen tech in all of the startup’s razors, including its $1-a-month Humble Twin, $6-a-month 4X and $9-a-month Executive blades.

Patent filers have a responsibility to cite “prior art,” or previous patents for science or technology most closely related to what the new patent is meant to protect. According to court documents, Gillette argues that Dollar Shave Club’s razors infringe on a patent for the coating on the end of razors, which is designed to protect them from wear and tear. “We have long invested heavily in innovation, and our talented scientists have dedicated their careers to delivering the best shaving experience possible for men and women around the world,” Deborah Majoras, chief legal officer of Gillette parent company Procter & Gamble, said in a statement. In response to Pratt’s argument, a Gillette spokesman said that the company would not have brought the lawsuit unless it believed the patent was valid.

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The spokesman added that it’s common for independent experts to testify in court, but patent issues are ultimately for the court to decide, and Gillette is confident in its case. But the Boston-based firm has slowly lost market share in recent years to online rivals, particularly as yearly increases in razor prices drive shavers and shoppers to the Web.

Patent US3916523, originally owned by Warner Lambert (now part of Pfizer), was cited by Gillette at least twice as prior art for new patents — once in 1994 and again in 2010 — but not for ‘513, which was granted in 2004. We will supply your contact details to JB Hi-Fi, who will deliver this tablet only to your registered subscription address and will email you with dispatch details.

Sales of private-label shaving firms, including Dollar and online peers like Harry’s and Shave Mob, jumped 13 percent last year to $141 million, data from industry researcher Euromonitor show. Gillette invests heavily in research and development of its blades, handles and lubricating strips, spending $750 million in the late ’90s to design and build the Mach3 razor, then another $300 million in the first year to promote the wonders of three blades.

But the real power of that investment is in its ability to convince shoppers that Gillette’s sharpened metal can’t be replaced with, say, cheaper store-brand blades. Offers are available to new customers with an Australian residential address who have not held a digital subscription with The Australian in the 6 months preceding subscribing for this offer.

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