VF's The North Fave and Columbia Sportswear are being accused of using patented waterproof textile technology without permission.
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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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