Lululemon Settles, Drops Patent Infringement Case against Calvin Klein

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Lululemon settles case against Calvin Klein

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VANCOUVER - Lululemon Athletica Inc. (TSX:LLL) says it has settled a patent infringement case against Calvin Klein and its manufacturer that claimed they infringed on three different patents covering a specific overlapping style of waistband.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Lululemon said the lawsuit will be dismissed as a result.

The trendy yoga gear maker filed the suit against PVH Corp.'s Calvin Klein and G-III Apparel Group Ltd., a manufacturer and supplier for the brand, in August.

The Vancouver-based retailer filed design patents for the Astro line of pants as early as September 2011, but filed patents on its crop pants much more recently, in June.

Lululemon had claimed that Calvin Klein sells pants under its "Performance'' brand that include the same waistband design elements and pant style, which is covered by its patents.

The waistband in question, featured on Lululemon's Astro line of pants, consists of a series of angular pieces of fabric that form a v-shaped waistline that can be rolled down to sit lower on the waist. They're made of the company's trademarked Luon fabric.

Calvin Klein's pants also have a v-shaped waistline, but retail at a fraction of the price.

Lululemon's Astro crop pants are $78 on its website, while the Calvin Klein knee length running tights are $39 on Amazon. …