By  on May 10, 2017
VF's The North Fave and Columbia Sportswear are being accused of using patented waterproof textile technology without permission.

Cocona Inc.’s patent infringement lawsuit against VF Corp.’s outdoor branch and Columbia Sportswear will live another day.

A federal Colorado court on Monday refused to dismiss Cocona’s claims that its patented technology for an enhanced textile membrane, essentially a breathable waterproof base material, is being used by Columbia and VF-owned The North Face in certain outdoor apparel, but the court did say that Columbia requires a separate complaint as it’s not affiliated with VF.

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