WASHINGTON — Modelos Yasiro S.A. DE C.V., a Mexican denim manufacturer, has settled a denim-technology patent infringement case before the U.S. International Trade Commission and agreed to enter into a licensing agreement with the complainant, RevoLaze LLC and Technolines LLC.
Modelos joins six other defendants that have agreed to settle the case — VF Corp.; Levis Strauss & Co.; Eddie Bauer LLC; BBC Apparel and Gotham Licensing Group, which both do business under the Blank NYC brand; Fashion Box SpA, an Italian denim manufacturer and maker of the Replay brand, and DL1961, according to ITC documents.
“Both of our companies share the same ideologies of environmental sustainability throughout the entire denim garment manufacturing process,” said Darryl Costin, chief executive officer at RevoLaze. “We look forward to future collaborations and establishing Modelos Yasiro as a key manufacturer of laser abraded garments in Mexico.”
The entire ITC complaint targeted 17 companies, asserting infringement on six patents involving laser-abraded denim technology owned by RevoLaze and Technolines, which is a majority partner in RevoLaze. Among the other major brands and retailers named in the complaint are Guess Inc., Gap Inc., Abercrombie & Fitch Co. and American Eagle Outfitters Inc. Modelos is one of nine companies that were added to the original 17 named in the complaint.