Law and Sexuality

A commentary and resource on Law and Sexuality by Professor Chris Ashford and guests

Texas and the Sex Toy

Texas does seem to love a bit of case law about sex toys. Any why not? Back in 2008 I blogged about the case applying Lawrence v Texas so as to enable inhabitants across the great state of Texas to reach for their dildos, vibrators and butt plugs without fear of breaking the law. Now, intellectual property law has come to the forefront of the Texas sex toy jurisprudence – yes, never have patents been this interesting!

According to this story, a company invented a massager (this has SATC overtones) which it turned out could be used as a sex toy. So, like any sensible business they started selling the same product re-packaged as a sex toy. The trouble was that it was patented as a medical device and so when cheaper imitations started popping up in the sex toy market, the original company found themselves in an intellectual property maze. It’s not yet clear whether the case will proceed to trial.

You too can own your very own Aneros here. Is this a good time to mention that I’m always open to freebies being sent my way? Address on the contact Chris tab 😉 That said, this might make an unusual end of module student prize.


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This entry was posted on June 8, 2010 by in Law, Sex, sex toy, USA.

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