GILLETTE SUES ENERGIZER OVER NEW RAZOR

Alleges Patent Violation for New Schick Quattro

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CINCINNATI (AdAge.com) -- Gillette Co. today filed suit in U.S. District Court in Boston against rival Energizer Holdings, alleging the new four-bladed Schick Quattro razor violates a patent for Gillette's three-bladed Mach 3 shaving system.

The patent violation involves

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"progressive blade geometry" technology that allows gradually closer shaves by each successive blade, Gillette said. Gillette is asking for preliminary and permanent injunctions and trebling of unspecified monetary damages.

$2 billion in sales
Mach 3 and Mach 3 Turbo razors had more than $2 billion in sales in 2002, according to Gillette. Quattro began shipping to retailers earlier this month.

This is the first lawsuit between Gillette and Energizer over razors since Energizer bought the Schick-Wilkinson Sword business from Pfizer earlier this year, though the two have been in court frequently over the years in litigation involving Gillette's Duracell and Energizer batteries.

A spokeswoman for Energizer declined to comment, saying the company had not seen Gillette's complaint.

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