Crystal Apparel has become the first denim jeans maker in China to sign a licence with US-based laser technology firm RevoLaze after patent infringement lawsuits were filed with the International Trade Commission (ITC) in January.

The manufacturer said it now has an authorised channel of trade to laser etch denim garments for any denim brand in the world. The financial terms of the agreement have not been disclosed.

Crystal Apparel was one of nine denim jeans manufacturers added to the existing patent infringement lawsuit filed with the ITC in August last year, with a total of 17 companies named 17 companies.

The company joins fellow manufacturer Modelos Yasiro, Levi Strauss, VF Corporation, Eddie Bauer, Replay Jeans and BlankNYC in reaching a settlement and licence agreement with RevoLaze.

"Besides being a global leader in denim jean manufacturing and a supplier to the world's largest brands, Crystal Apparel has a strong environmental sustainability policy across all of their operations," said RevoLaze CEO Darryl Costin. "As with RevoLaze, they have a large focus on product design and research and development to provide better products to their customers."