FASHION LAW: DENIM DISPUTE – FASHION BOX SETTLES ITC SUIT WITH REVOLAZE
Denim – the staple item of every closet has dominated headlines lately as 17 companies have been named in a denim technology patent infringement case before the US International Trade Commission (ITC). One of the companies involved, Fashion Box SpA, happens to be one of the leading international companies in the denim sector, and apparently one of many in the hot seat.
According to a new motion filed with the ITC earlier this week, Fashion Box agreed to settle the suit and enter into a licensing agreement with the plaintiff, RevoLaze LLC and Technolines LLC, a laser technology firm prominent in the denim and textile industries. RevoLaze filed the complaint on August 18th with the ITC requesting a 337 Investigation, which covers matters relating to unfair acts alleged, identification of named parties and asserted intellectual property rights, to name a few.
Both parties filed a joint motion to terminate the complaint by “settlement”; however, the details pertaining to the settlement and licensing deal were not disclosed. The motion for termination will be presented before a judge, and if the judge grants a motion the case will then be subject to review and/or modification by the ITC. Thus far, Fashion Box is the only company to settle. Others involved in the case include Levi Strauss & Co., Guess Inc., Gap Inc., and A&F Co., among others.
CEO of RevoLaze Darryl Costin PhD. commented, “we want companies that are using RevoLaze’s patented technology to do so legally. That is why we asked the ITC to provide us protection. By the ITC moving forward with the investigation, it signals to us that we’re one step close to making that happen.”
The complaint asks for the imposition of a “general exclusion order” that would require US Customs and Border Protection to stop the alleged infringing denim imports from the 17 companies involved in the case.