Columbia Sportswear Says Rival Fraudulently Funded IPRs

Law360 (January 30, 2019, 7:23 PM EST) -- Columbia Sportswear North America Inc. accused rival Seirus Innovative Accessories Inc. in federal court Tuesday of scheming with its fabric vendor to secretly and illegally fund Patent Trial and Appeal Board challenges to the sports apparel company’s intellectual property.

Asking for upwards of $20 million in damages, Columbia claimed in the lawsuit that Seirus, which sells cold weather gear, and Korean vendor Ventex Co. Ltd. committed fraud and conspiracy in violation of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act when they allegedly teamed up to take down two of Columbia’s patents, which cover a heat-reflective textile used in clothing and accessories....

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