Fleshlight, CalExotics Settle Patent Case

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Fleshlight parent company Interactive Life Forms and California Exotic Novelties have settled all legal issues between them regarding patent infringement claims surrounding their male masturbators.

Last June, ILF filed suit against CalExotics and 24 other prominent sex toy manufacturers and distributors alleging illegal use of its patents and trademarks.

In the agreement between the two companies, CalExotics has received a worldwide license to sell their JackMaster and Travel JackMaster line of products.

“While the suit continues with other defendants, California Exotic Novelties LLC has been released from all litigation, and our two companies are now on excellent terms with each other,” Steve Shubin, president of Interactive Life Forms LLC, said. “All California Exotic Novelties distributors and retailers are now allowed to carry the JackMaster line.”

The suit, filed June 30 in U.S. District Court in Austin, Texas, alleges that the defendants variously produced, distributed and sold products that violate its patents, and the plaintiff is seeking actual, compensatory and punitive damages and a permanent injunction that would enjoin the defendants from using the company’s patents and trademarks.

The suit centers around two patents Fleshlight owner Steve Shubin obtained, one for a “device for discreet sperm collection” shaped like a flashlight or thermos and another that protects the company’s proprietary creation of elastomeric gel inside the sex toy. Fleshlight obtained a trademark for its name and brand in February 1999.