Apparel specialist Pearl Izumi has reportedly filed a lawsuit in a Boulder, Colorado, court against Slipstream Sports, which manages the Garmin-Transitions pro cycling team.
In the lawsuit, it is understood that Pearl Izumi is claiming a breach of intellectual property on ‘winged’ skin suits specially designed for the Garmin-Transitions cycling team.
The Pearl Izumi designed suits were used by Garmin-Transitions team riders David Zabriskie, Ryder Hesjdal and others during the Tour of California and Tour de France during 2010.
The winged suits were developed by Pearl Izumi’s advanced clothing design team known as The Speed Shop. The suits have ‘an aerodynamic winged sleeve for smoothing airflow around the bicep area of the cyclist.’
Just ahead of the lawsuit being filed, Slipstream Sports announced that it would now be partnering with competing cycle clothing company Castelli.
Pearl Izumi, which had been sponsoring the Garmin-Transitions team since January 2009 – when it was known as Garmin-Slipstream – has requested the return of 12 prototype winged suits and any information that may be related to the suits’ design.
In the lawsuit, Pearl Izumi is also seeking any damages that may relate to an appropriation of its intellectual property.