Loki, a Grand Junction, Colo.-based manufacturer of technical outerwear for mountaineering and outdoor sports, has informed SNEWS® that it reached an amicable agreement with O'Neill, a Santa Cruz, Calif.-based manufacturer of wetsuits and clothing for the action sports markets, regarding Loki's patented clothing design.
According to Loki, an article in a January 2007 trade publication featured O'Neill product that appeared to utilize Loki's patented design features. In addition, a 2007/2008 technical catalog from O'Neill also showed apparel with what appeared to be patented Loki design features.
Seth Anderson, Loki's founder, contacted O'Neill immediately, we were told. As of July 17, 2007, has received formal communication from O'Neill that the company will comply with Loki's request to stop producing apparel with Loki design features.