Ralph Lauren, Others Sued Over Recharging Purse IP

Law360, New York (August 20, 2015, 3:59 PM EDT) -- Ralph Lauren Corp. and a crowdfunded handbag designer were hit with a lawsuit Wednesday in Texas federal court accusing them of ripping off a design for purses with lighted interiors that can also charge electrical devices.

In a complaint, Houston resident Jimmy Bryan said designers are using without his consent his two patents covering various types of rechargeable accessories that illuminate the interior of a container, such as a purse, backpack or luggage, and contain an outlet to charge electronic devices. Bryan also names crowdfunding giant Kickstarter in the suit, claiming it facilitated and benefited from designer Leoht Inc.'s alleged infringement....

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