Bra com­pany sues on patent breach

Times Colonist - - Business -

WINSTON-SALEM, North Carolina — A North Carolina bra maker said it needs some sup­port, su­ing a woman’s in­ti­mate ap­parel com­pany for patent in­fringe­ment on its sports bras. The law­suit cen­tres on a patent ac­quired by Hanes­brands. Hanes­brands is al­leg­ing in fed­eral court that Jac­ques Moret Inc., which sells bras un­der a Jockey In­ter­na­tional li­cence, is making and sell­ing bras based on the Hanes­brands patent and prod­uct styles with­out its per­mis­sion. Hanes­brands also ac­cuses Jac­ques Moret of in­duc­ing in­fringe­ment by others by in­struct­ing women on how to prop­erly wear the bra. The com­pany wants dam­ages as well as in­junc­tions against fu­ture in­fringe­ment.

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