U.S. News | Oakley Accuses Safety Glasses Maker of Design Patent Infringement


This week, a sports apparel brand, Oakley filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois against Colorado-based Third Coast Products, a manufacturer and seller of the iLumen8 UV Safety Glasses for patent infringement.

The plaintiff, Oakley, is a subsidiary of Milan-based eyewear company Luxottica and has accused Third Coast of infringing its patented design, titled “Eyeglass” (US number D659,180).

The plaintiff claims that the defendant produces safety glasses that is substantially similar to D180 patent.

According to the lawsuit, the plaintiff alleges that Third Coast sells the iLumen8 UV Safety Glasses through online outlets such as Amazon, but does not have a license or permission to use any element of the D180 patent.

The plaintiff further alleges that Third Coast had infringed its patent design by producing a similar make without authorization.

The plaintiff is seeking costs, fees and triple damages for wilful infringement, as well as all profits resulting from the allegedly infringing activity.


Oakley Inc. v. Third Coast Products LLC d/b/a iLumen8

Date of Filing – Monday, January 14, 2019

Court- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

Cause – Infringement

Case – Patent Infringement

Case Number: 19-cv-276

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