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Patent-infringement cases against The North Face and Columbia can move forward, judge rules

March 3, 2022

A Colorado district judge ruled late last month that Colorado-based Cocona Labs, creators of 37.5 Technology, can move forward with two separate lawsuits accusing The North Face (TNF) and Columbia of patent infringement.

The two cases date to 2016, when Cocona sued VF Corporation (TNF’s parent company) and Columbia Sportswear Co., alleging that the apparel brands had illegally incorporated Cocona’s patent-protected thermoregulating technology into their products. Outside