Int'l Trade Commission Rules in Favor of Standard Innovation

OTTAWA, Canada—The U.S. International Trade Commission has issued its final determination and ruled in favor of Standard Innovation Corp., makers of the We- in the investigation by the agency to determine whether Certain LELO products—including the Tiani, Tiani 2 and Mahana—infringed on more than 60 claims of Standard Innovation’s U.S. Patent No. 7,931,605.

"Seeing We-Vibe officially acknowledged as truly innovative and having its patent legally upheld is the best news I can imagine," said Bruce Murison, inventor of We-Vibe. "More than a decade of my life went into creating this product, and today my family and I can celebrate knowing its uniqueness has been recognized."

The ITC ruled in favor of Standard Innovation on all accounts, and issued a general exclusion and cease and desist order against all infringing LELO products.

The ITC ruling bans the import, sale, marketing, advertising, distribution, offer for sale, transfer (except for exportation), and solicitation of U.S. agents or distributors in the United States for all infringing LELO products, including Tiani, Tiani 2 and PicoBong Mahana, and any other infringing products, including those not named in the investigation.

"The We-Vibe team is extremely pleased by the Commission's ruling," said Danny Osadca, CEO, Standard Innovation. "We can now get back to what We-Vibe does best, inventing and bringing to market premium, body-safe sexual health products. Thank you to our loyal partners. We greatly appreciate the support you have given us throughout this case. We are also sincerely grateful to the ITC for allowing us to engage in this process."

The ITC has not yet released its detailed opinion; however, Standard Innovation will comment further upon receipt. The order is subject to a 60-day Presidential review process; however, the President rarely disapproves ITC orders.

The general exclusion order applies to all infringing products, beyond those named above, to protect the health and safety of U.S. citizens from products that are not manufactured according to Standard Innovation's high standards.

Standard Innovation will continue to vigorously pursue legal actions against those parties who attempt to market and sell products that infringe its intellectual property rights. Legal actions for patent infringement remain ongoing in Canadian Federal Court and the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, where Standard Innovation will seek damages, a remedy not available in the ITC proceeding.

We-Vibe distributors and retailers with any questions or concerns should contact Standard Innovation at [email protected].