Uniqlo owner Fast Retailing can manufacture and sell RevoLaze laser-treated garments throughout the world

Uniqlo owner Fast Retailing can manufacture and sell RevoLaze laser-treated garments throughout the world

RevoLaze has signed what it hopes will be the first of a number of license deals for its laser technology with Japanese retailer Fast Retailing, owner of the Uniqlo brand, following the closure of its recent ITC patent dispute lawsuit.

The US laser technology firm has reached a royalty-bearing license agreement with Fast Retailing for the manufacture and sale of laser treated garments globally. 

Through the deal, Fast Retailing has access to RevoLaze's latest technology, which is designed to eliminate the need for hand-sanding touch-ups after laser abrasion. The technology firm says its proprietary Photoshop filters work on any laser system and provide a solution towards sustainability and production workflow.

A year-long patent infringement lawsuit that came to a close last month, began after RevoLaze and TechnoLines alleged that laser abrasion technology used on denim garments, including jeans and leggings, by rival firms Jeanologia/GFT and Easy Laser, violated one or more of their patents.

The original complaint alleged the infringement of 71 claims of six US patents. The ITC initially named 20 respondents and earlier this year added nine more. Companies including Lucky Brand, American Eagle Outfitters, VF Corp, Levi Strauss & Co, Eddie Bauer and Gap were involved in the case. 

RevoLaze currently holds 31 worldwide patents for laser scribing methods to impart graphics and patterns on a variety of substrates, including fabrics such as denim. The company's laser abrasion technology replaces the sandblast process used in the creation of "worn look" denim jeans and found to be associated with a disabling and sometimes fatal lung disease called silicosis.

A spokesperson for RevoLaze said terms of the new agreement with Fast Retailing were confidential but added: "Now that the ITC case is over, we look forward to securing additional licenses in the marketplace and being a total solution provider by offering a variety of eco-friendly, cost-effective laser technologies to the industry."