Gillette announced today that it has filed suit against Dollar Shave Club, seeking both damages and an injunction to stop the startup from selling razors that use allegedly infringing technology.
According to the Wall Street Journal, the Gillette patent in question concerns a method for coating razorblades.
“We have long invested heavily in innovation, and our talented scientists have dedicated their careers to delivering the best shaving experience possible for men and women around the world,” said Deborah P. Majoras, chief legal officer of Procter & Gamble (which owns Gillette), in a press release. “Our patents help protect the many technical advancements we’ve made through the years – and when it becomes necessary, we take action to protect these important assets.”
A Dollar Shave Club spokesperson declined to comment.
The Los Angeles-based startup launched in 2012, offering subscription plans for razors costing as little as $1 per month. It has expanded into non-razor products and has raised more than $150 million in funding.
Gillette, meanwhile, launched its own subscription service earlier this year.