Legal Battle: Dbrand vs. Casetify Over Alleged Design Theft

Accessory maker Dbrand has filed a lawsuit against Casetify for allegedly copying the designs of its “transparent” Teardown products. The designs created in collaboration with YouTuber Zack “JerryRigEverything” Nelson are made to resemble the inner workings of the devices they are applied to, such as smartphones, laptops, and gaming systems. Dbrand and Nelson claim that Casetify stole the designs for its “Inside Out” line.

Nelson and Dbrand say they go to great lengths to ensure that every Teardown skin is an accurate representation of the inside of each device. However, the collaborators point out that they add several Easter eggs for fans to find.

They claim that Casetify’s Inside Out cases have a poorly masked version of a label found on Teardown products that features Nelson’s signature phrase “glass is glass, and glass breaks.” Nelson also criticized the print quality of Casetify’s cases as “extraordinarily subpar.” Dbrand’s logo allegedly appears on a Casetify case as well.

Nelson says the saga began earlier this year when an individual claimed Casetify was selling a “transparent” case for a Samsung phone that displays the internals of an iPhone. Dbrand poked fun at Casetify for the apparent slip-up.

After that incident, Casetify rolled out the Inside Out line, which appeared to have more accurate representations of the inner workings of the devices they are marketed for. Nelson points out that the Teardown team spends several hours cleaning up the scans taken with a highly detailed scanner before using them for the designs. According to Nelson and Dbrand, Casetify’s Inside Out skins and cases match up exactly with the modified designs they used for the Teardown line.

In their lawsuit, Dbrand claims that Casetify infringed upon its copyrighted works with 45 Inside Out products. They are seeking unspecified punitive and exemplary damages, among other things.

A few hours after Nelson and Dbrand published their accusations, Casetify pulled every Inside Out product from its website. Engadget has contacted Casetify for comment. Meanwhile, Dbrand and Nelson have unveiled a new set of X-ray skins.