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Thursday, 15 July 2004

GILLETTE IN BRUSH WITH PHILIPS PATENT


This from Findlaw: Royal Philips Electronics has accused Gillette Co. of violating patents for its electric toothbrush technology. Philips, the Dutch electronics and technology conglomerate, uses the technology in its Sonicare electric toothbrushes, which use microprocessors to direct bristle movement. Boston-based Gillette sells its power toothbrushes under the Oral-B brand.

"We are confident that our Oral-B products don't infringe any Philips patents",
said a spokesman for Gillette. Philips, who filed the lawsuits in federal district court in Delaware and in the Landesgericht Dusseldorf (Germany), said it received its patent for sonic technology in the United States in 1995 and another in Europe in 2000.

The IPKat assumes that, since US and European patent law remain out of line with each other even after TRIPs, it is necessary for Philips and Gillette to lock horns in both jurisdictions rather than just use one and treat it as a "winner take all".

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