RevoLazes laser abrasion technology replaces the sandblast process used in the creation of “worn look” denim jeans

RevoLaze's laser abrasion technology replaces the sandblast process used in the creation of “worn look” denim jeans

Lazer technology firm RevoLaze has filed a complaint with the US International Trade Commission (ITC) against 17 denim jean companies for patent infringement.

The companies named in the complaint include Abercrombie & Fitch, American Eagle Outfitters, Diesel, The Gap, VF Corporation, and 7 for All Mankind.

The complaint follows 17 lawsuits filed in Cleveland US District Court last Friday (15 Augusts), naming the same denim jean companies in violation of patent infringement.

RevoLaze currently holds 29 worldwide patents for laser scribing methods to impart graphics and patterns on a variety of substrates. A significant portion of its intellectual property discloses the use of the laser scribing technology for 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 for the workers.

"We have worked very hard over the last two decades to invent and patent our proprietary laser scribing technology to benefit the denim industry," said CEO Darryl Costin. "Our goal has always been to do the right thing. We want to help protect workers. We want to conserve the environment and significantly contribute to the denim industry's green movement. We want the denim industry to continue growing and to realise cost, quality, throughput and environmental advantages with RevoLaze technology."

However, Costin said he wants companies to use RevoLaze's patented technology legally. "We rely upon our numerous granted utility patents to protect our technology and to safeguard its competitive position.

"Basically, there are companies out there who looked at our technology in the past, and are now selling jeans manufactured with the laser abrasion processes. We're asking the ITC to provide us protection."

If the ITC agrees that imports have violated RevoLaze's patents, an exclusion order will be issued to US Customs and Border Protection (of the Department of Homeland Security) excluding those products from the US.

Once a complaint is filed, the ITC has 30 days to determine whether an investigation should be instituted on the basis of the complaint.