Columbia Sportswear alleges company used patent-protected technology


The outerwear company is accusing Seirus Innovative Accessories of implementing technology without receiving permission.

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BY JACOB PALMER | OB DIGITAL NEWS EDITOR

The outerwear company is accusing Seirus Innovative Accessories of implementing technology without receiving permission.

OregonLive.com reports:

In the complaint filed in Oregon, Columbia says it three federal patents protecting is Omni-Heat fabric, a heat-reflective material used in Columbia outerwear such as jackets, shirts, gloves, socks and headwear.

Columbia’s complaint contends Seirus sells gloves and glove liners under the trade name Heatwave that use unlicensed versions of the material that Columbia patented.

In other outdoor gear news, Smith Optics announced a plan to move its design center from North Idaho to Portland in April.

Smith officials said last October the company had selected Portland over six other cities to relocate its design center along with 35 employees. Administrative functions would be moved to Safilo USA headquarters in Parsippany, N.J., and manufacturing jobs to Clearfield, Utah. However, since that plan was announced, the Portland role expanded to become the Pacific Coast Design Center, said Robyn Marrelli, relocation project manager.

About 45 employees are expected initially in Portland, Marrelli said, an increase of 10 over the original head count.

Read more at OregonLive.com.