On September 17, 2014, the U.S. International Trade Commission issued a press release announcing their vote to institute an investigation of Certain Laser Abraded Denim Garments (Inv. No. 337-TA-930). The investigation is based on an August 18, 2014 and September 5, 2014 supplement to the complaint filed by RevoLaze, LLC and TechnoLines, LLC—both of Westlake, Ohio alleging violation of Section 337 in the importation into the U.S. and sale of certain laser abraded denim garments that infringe one or more claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 5,990,444; 6,140,602; 6,252,196; 6,664,505; 6,819,972; and 6,858,815.  See ourAugust 19, 2014 post for more details on the complaint.  According to the Notice of Investigation, the Commission has identified the following entities as respondents in this matter:  

  • Abercrombie & Fitch Co. of New Albany, Ohio;
  • American Eagle Outfitters, Inc. of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania;
  • BBC Apparel Group, LLC of New York, New York;
  • Gotham Licensing Group, LLC of New York, New York;
  • The Buckle, Inc. of Kearney, Nebraska;
  • Buffalo International ULC of Canada;
  • 1724982 Alberta ULC;
  • Diesel S.p.A. of Italy;
  • DL1961 Premium Denim Inc. of New York, New York;
  • Eddie Bauer LLC of Bellevue, Washington;
  • The Gap, Inc. of San Francisco, California;
  • Guess?, Inc. of Los Angeles, California;
  • H&M Hennes & Mauritz AB of Sweden;
  • H&M Hennes & Mauritz LP of New York, New York;
  • Roberto Cavalli S.p.A. of Italy;
  • Koos Manufacturing, Inc. of South Gate, California;
  • Levi Strauss & Co. of San Francisco, California;
  • Lucky Brand Dungarees, Inc. of Los Angeles, California;
  • Fashion Box S.p.A. of Italy; and
  • VF Corp. of Greensboro, North Carolina

Lastly, Chief ALJ Charles E. Bullock issued a notice indicating that he will be the presiding Administrative Law Judge in this investigation.