The Canadian Press/Handout The We-Vibe 3 vibrator is shown in a handout photo.

TORONTO – The U.S. International Trade Commission has upheld a Canadian company’s patent for its couples vibrator, banning the import, sale and marketing of all infringing products in the United States.

But the battle isn’t over for Standard Innovation Corp., maker of the We-Vibe.

The company is still before the Canadian Federal Court for patent infringement.

It is also seeking damages in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, because the International Trade Commission doesn’t offer that remedy.

Standard Innovation launched the We-Vibe, a vibrator that couples wear during sex, in 2008.

In 2011, Lelo Inc. unveiled a similar product called the Tiani, prompting Standard Innovation to go to court.

The ruling from the International Trade Commission not only bans the import, sale and marketing of Lelo’s products, which include the Tiani 2 and PicoBong Mahana, but also of any other infringing products, even if they weren’t named in the case.

“Seeing We-Vibe officially acknowledged as truly innovative and having its patent legally upheld is the best news I can imagine,” said We-Vibe inventor Bruce Murison.

“More than a decade of my life went into creating this product.”

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