Oakley Inc. announced that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has affirmed the preliminary injunction against Luxottica Group S.p.A for their infringement upon Oakley’s U.S. Patent No. 5,054,902 in the case originally filed against Luxottica on Nov. 6, 2001.

The appeal court’s order restrains and enjoins Luxottica Group, Sunglass Hut International, LensCrafters Inc. and Ray Ban Sun Optics Inc. from making, importing, selling or offering to sell any products in the United States with Emerald (green) or Ice (blue) lenses that infringe upon this particular U.S. Patent.

Oakley filed the lawsuit against Luxottica Group and the divisions mentioned above in response to Luxottica’s infringement of Oakley’s U.S. Patent No. 5,054,902 that was issued on Oct. 8, 1991. The Patent describes inventions with respect to “light control with color enhancement” and protects sunglasses marketed by Oakley with Iridium(R) reflective lens coatings. Oakley has been marketing and promoting lines of sunglasses with Iridium(R) lenses since 1988.