Originally created 01/17/04

Schick says judge ruled in its favor in Gillette patent case



BOSTON -- A federal judge has denied Gillette's request to block Schick-Wilkinson Sword from selling its new Quattro razor, according to Schick's parent company, Energizer Holdings.

St. Louis-based Energizer said U.S. District Judge Patti Saris ruled Gillette had no reasonable likelihood of success on a claim of literal patent infringement.

"We are pleased with the court's decision to deny the preliminary injunction," said Joe Lynch, president of Schick-Wilkinson Sword. "We remain highly confident in our legal position regarding the patent infringement case."

Quattro, the first four-bladed razor, hit shelves in September. Gillette sued, claiming the four-blade arrangement included within it includes the three-bladed system Boston-based Gillette had patented.

On Thursday, Gillette unveiled a new shaving system, the M3Power, but rather than matching Quattro's four blades the new system uses three blades and a vibrating handle that massages the face and makes hairs stand on end.