WIPR reports about a lawsuit that was won by Gillette against one of its main competitors Wilkinson Sword part of Edgewell Personal Care.
The case concerns an accusation that Wilkinson offers interchangeable razor blades that fit on Gillette’s Mach 3 razor. In that way, the company is infringing Gillette’s patents on razor technology.
The Higher Regional Court of Düsseldorf ordered Wilkinson Sword to stop distributing these products because they infringe Gillette’s patent rights.
This lawsuit is not the first one between both companies. There were similar cases in the US too.
All of that is a good example of the way in which patents can be used as a tool for safeguarding market positions.