Heather Knox of Monroeville told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette she patented her bra in 2006 after working on it for years. She was inspired by the frustration of trying to find a garment that would provide both uplift and a smooth silhouette.
Knox said that in 2007, as she searched for a possible manufacturer for her bra, she got in touch with Victoria's Secret's head designer. They talked on the telephone and communicated by e-mail and Knox said she sent a description of her design, noting she had a patent.
While she never heard anything more from the retail chain, she said the Victoria's Secret BioFit bra, in its largest sizes, uses a "power mesh" that resembles her design. She filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday in Pittsburgh.
"It's scary to go up against a big company, but I think in the end, the right decision will be made," she said.
Limited Brands, the parent company of the chain, would not comment on the litigation.