Unlike copyright and trade-marks, we don’t often see fashion houses duke it out in the patent arena. It’s no surprise that the fashion world’s interest was piqued when one of Canada’s most successful athletic retailers, Lululemon, launched a patent design infringement case against Calvin Klein in the US.
For those who had their bottle of bubbly chilled waiting for the outcome of the case, it appears that the bottle will stay corked. Lululemon filed its Notice of Voluntary Dismissal today against Calvin Klein. It’s a pretty safe bet that the parties settled the matter – likely under confidential terms. Although reaching a settlement is often the most cost effective and time efficient route for companies that are embroiled in litigation, it always presents a missed opportunity to set interesting case law for the fashion community.
Stay tuned to CanadaFashionLaw for updates on other interesting cases.