Cocona Inc. announced that The United States District Court for the District of Colorado issued an Order denying Columbia Sportswear’s Motion to Transfer the lawsuit that Cocona filed against Columbia for violating U.S. Patent No. 8,945,287 B2.
This patent, issued to Cocona Inc. in 2015, teaches a revolutionary method for making a membrane enhanced with active particles. It replaces the inside layer of a hardshell fabric with a functional print. In the outdoor industry, this technology has been incorporated into products with a 2.5 (or two-and-a-half) layer fabric where the third fabric layer is replaced by a print layer. 2.5 layer fabrics are lighter, quieter, more compact and more comfortable than traditional three-layer hardshell fabric, so 2.5-layer material has become increasingly popular in recent years.
The 2.5-layer print technology has been around for decades. However, the traditional print layer reduced moisture vapor transmission, creating a trade-off between membrane protection and membrane performance. The use of Cocona’s patented technology changes the print layer to a truly functional print that eliminates the trade-off, drying out the microclimate and increasing the effective moisture vapor transmission rate while adding protection and dry touch to the membrane.
In November 2016, Cocona filed a lawsuit in the United State District Court for the District of Colorado, asserting the ‘287 Patent against Columbia Sportswear and The North Face (VF Outdoor) for selling products enhanced with active particles in violation of Cocona’s patent rights. Cocona is aggressively pursuing litigation against both companies, and will pursue infringement cases against any other companies that violate the laws that protect Cocona’s intellectual property in the future.
Cocona’s claims of infringement have been thoroughly examined and documented by one of the worlds’ foremost forensic laboratories: Analytical Answers, Inc., located in Woburn, MA.
“Cocona is first and foremost interested in creating mutually beneficial business relationships with partners interested in using our proprietary technology in a variety of applications. However, when a company is using our patented technology without permission, Cocona has no choice but to take the matter to a court of law,” said Jeff Bowman, CEO. “As a technology company with dozens of issued patents, we must fiercely defend our intellectual property against companies that seek to exploit Cocona’s patented technologies without permission.”
Cocona had previously worked with The North Face to help them develop higher performance fabrics containing active particles. In fact, Cocona registered and owned the Flashdry name and transferred ownership of it to The North Face when they were a customer.
Cocona licenses its proprietary technology to numerous partners throughout the apparel industry, allowing them to create and sell superior, higher-performing products. Customers who legally license this specific functional print technology include Carhartt, First Lite, Trek, Mavic, Ride, Sun Mountain and Rip Curl among others.