American Eagle Outfitters Inc. has agreed to enter into a licensing agreement with RevoLaze LLC and Technolines LLC, settling a denim-technology patent infringement case brought before the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC).
In September 2014, the ITC voted to institute an investigation of 17 denim brands for patent infringement of RevoLaze’s proprietary laser scribing technology, which the company licenses to denim brands as a more sustainable and cost-effective alternative to sandblasting. RevoLaze CEO Darryl Costin claimed the companies were using the technology illegally.
The companies named in the case were: Abercrombie & Fitch, American Eagle Outfitters, Blank NYC, The Buckle Inc., Buffalo David Bitton, Diesel, DL1961, Eddie Bauer LLC, The Gap, Guess Inc., H&M, Roberto Cavalli, Koos Manufacturing Inc., Levi Strauss & Co., Lucky Brand Dungarees, Fashion Box, and VF Corp.
American Eagle Outfitters joins a growing list of brands who have agreed to settle the dispute, including Eddie Bauer, Levi Strauss & Co. and VF Corp.