Levi Strauss settles ITC denim patent dispute
Levi Strauss & Co has settled an investigation through the US International Trade Commission (ITC) over patent infringement regarding certain laser abraded denim garments.
Levi agreed terms with Revolaze and TechnoLines, who filed the complaint on 18 August alleging that laser abrasion process technology violates one or more of their patents.
A spokesperson for Levi confirmed the case had now been settled but declined to offer further information due to the confidential terms of the case.
The complainants requested the ITC issue a general exclusion order, or a limited exclusion order, and cease and desist orders.
There are 20 respondents in the investigation, including Gap Inc, H&M, Hennes & Mauritz, and Abercrombie & Fitch.
Initially, several of the companies accused claimed laser technology patents were invalid or enforceable.
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