Oakley Sues Best Buy, Fry's, Others Over Patent for Sunglass With Camera


LOS ANGELES— Oakley filed a lawsuit last week against Best Buy Co., Inc., Fry’s Electronics Inc. and four other companies, claiming that they are infringing on its patent for sunglasses with a camera in the frame.

The suit, filed Feb. 14 in U.S. District Court, Southern District of California, alleges that the companies, including Thermor Ltd., Laptop Travel LLC and Tool King LLC, which does business as ToolKing.com, and Beach Trading Co. Inc., which does business as BuyDig.com—have infringed upon U.S. Design Patent No. D523,461 by selling some variation of a product known as a Bios Action Eyewear Cam, which is marketed under several different but similar brand names.

According to a description on Best Buy’s website, the Thermor Bios Eyewear Cam can shoot hands-free videos in 1280 x 720 resolution and features a lightweight design and a CMOS image sensor.

Oakley is seeking an injunction against the six companies from allegedly infringing upon its patent, plus treble damages and attorney’s fees. The defendants in the suit have not yet responded to Oakley’s claims.