According to the complainant, Sleeve developer R and A Synergy, “Between 2008 and 2011, its research and development focused on a unique layering garment called Sleevey Wonders. A trademark was filed under number 3,890,712 in 2009 and the sleeve developer subsequently filed a series of utility and design patents relating to sleeve styles. In 2011, sleeveywonders.com was launched.”
Prior to the launch of the Sleevey Wonders under sleeves, no category of garment existed for slip on sleeves made to wear under sleeveless and strapless tops and dresses that give the appearance of being part of the outergarment with which them are worn,” the suit said.
R and A alleged that in 2013, the assistant to the CEO of Spanx ordered two Sleevey Wonders to be delivered directly to the Spanx headquarters. In 2017 the shapewear company released new products called Sheer Fashion and Arm Tights, which are at the centre of the case.
According to R and A, the “products are sold as layering pieces to be worn under sleeveless garments” and are “indistinguishable in appearance to the Sleevey Wonders”.
The complainant is seeking injunctive relief as well as triple damages and profits.