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H&M loses bra design patent dispute

Published fredag 27 november 2015 kl 17.50
Photo: Janerik Henriksson / Scanpix

Swedish retail giant H&M has been found guilty of using a patented bra design on 12 different garments without having the licence to do so, newspaper Dagens Nyheter reports.

The patented design was invented by the British company Stretchline and prevents the underwire in a bra from puncturing its casing and hurting the wearer.

The judgement, by the High Court in London, entitles the company to damages, but it's still unclear how much H&M will have to pay for the infringement. The parts are scheduled to meet in court again in January to discuss the extent of the infringement.

A similar case was settled only three years ago after it had been discovered that H&M had sold bras using the same patented technology.

An anonymous spokesperson for H&M tells the Derby Telegraph that: "it is unfortunate that the legal action commenced by Stretchline could not be resolved" and that "H&M is considering an appeal against the judgement".

British media writes that the payout could end up in the millions.

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