Coach, Brown Settle Differences

Coach Inc. has dropped a patent infringement lawsuit it brought against Brown Shoe Co. earlier this year.

The suit, filed May 29 in U.S. District Court in Manhattan, accused the retailer’s Naturalizer chain of selling an “exact copy” of the Coach Ergo Pleat handbag, the design of which was patented in 2008.

According to a notice filed with the court Tuesday, Coach agreed to a voluntary dismissal. A company spokeswoman confirmed Coach had entered into a settlement agreement with Brown Shoe, but said the terms were confidential.

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