In case you haven’t heard: my friends at Comingle.io and several other small sex/tech companies, are under attack from a company that owns a patent on all teledildonics — yep, literally, any device that can be controlled over a network and causes a physical sensation. This story has been covered by Ars Technica, Boingboing, Metafetish, and Gizmodo.
The EFF even featured this patent as a Stupid Patent of the Month because it’s so broad: “[This patent] never should have issued. Doing it with a computer (literally) does not make something patentable.”
This lawsuit promises to have a chilling effect on the development of new sex toys, including my own work.
Here’s how you can help: If you know of any prior art (computer-controlled sex tech devices dated before August 1997), can get Comingle in touch with a pro-bono patent attorney, and/or can chip in to their legal defense fund, please visit Comingle’s IndieGoGo page.