In a reaction to the claims made by NOVOLUTO GmbH, Satisfyer issued the following press release: “We are amused”, says Jerome Bensimon, VP of Sales at Satisfyer. “Satisfyer does not only take their own rights, but also property rights of third parties very seriously. This case is more of a “marketing action” than a serious patent infringement action. From our point of view, the sole purpose of the legal action is to unsettle the market. A lawsuit in that matter is hopeless. There is simply no patent infringement!”
The lawsuit filed by Womanizer relates solely to a previous version of the current Satisfyer Pro 2 and solely to the German market. The alleged infringement cannot be brought to court in any other country besides Germany: There is simply no Womanizer patent that allows any action outside of Germany. Furthermore, the action does not relate to the currently shipped version of the Satisfyer Pro 2, but to a previous version that has been updated recently. The old version is no longer produced.
“All models like the Satisfyer 1, Satisfyer 2, Satisfyer Pro Penguin, Satisfyer Pro Deluxe and Satisfyer Pro 2 have been developed by our own product designers and are therefore based on our own technology. We differentiate ourselves from the patent asserted by Womanizer. Other than required by the patent, the attacked devices do not work with two chambers, but with just a single one. Womanizer has already contacted us some time ago because of an older Satisfyer model and claimed a patent infringement. However, this case was resolved in an out-of-court settlement and we have further amended and improved our product design since then. The mechanism now complained by Womanizer is irrelevant to the function of the device and has been eliminated with the latest product update”, says Technical Director of Satisfyer, Jörg Budde.
“We regret that Womanizer initiated this totally unnecessary lawsuit. We are always seeking dialogue with our competitors instead of employing courts and lawyers. We do not worry about the case: the allegation of patent infringement is completely unfounded and does not even meet the latest generations of our devices. Even the Satisfyer Pro 2 has been updated recently. Thus, there is no danger for retailers. We accept any liability for our devices and do not hide.”
Satisfyer suspects a strategy behind the action: The Satisfyer is a huge success and has already been distributed by more than 30 partners worldwide – the legal action in Germany is supposed to trigger uncertainty among wholesalers and retailers. The four new models that will be presented at this year’s eroFame, however, will continue this success story. These new models as well as the revised Satisfyer Pro 2 are on top technically even more different from the products that are subject of the pending action.