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UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549

 

FORM 8-K

 

CURRENT REPORT

 

Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

 

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported) January 5, 2024

 

INNOVATIVE EYEWEAR, INC.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in charter)

 

Florida   001-41392   84-2794274
(State or other Jurisdiction of
Incorporation or Organization)
  (Commission
File Number)
  (IRS Employer
Identification No.)

 

11900 Biscayne Blvd., Suite 630
North Miami, Florida
  33181
(Address of Principal Executive Offices)   (zip code)

 

(786) 785-5178

 

(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)

 

N/A

(Former Name or Former Address, if Changed Since Last Report)

 

Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of registrant under any of the following provisions:

 

Written communications pursuant to Rule 425 under the Securities Act (17 CFR 230.425)
   
Soliciting material pursuant to Rule 14a-12(b) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14a-12(b))
   
Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 14d-2(b) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14d-2(b))
   
Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 13e-4(c) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.13e-4(c)

 

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:

 

Title of each class   Trading Symbol(s)   Name of each exchange on which registered
Common Stock, par value $0.00001 per share   LUCY   The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC
Warrants to purchase Common Stock   LUCYW   The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 (17 CFR §230.405) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (17 CFR §240.12b-2).

 

Emerging growth company

 

If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Item 5.02 Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.

 

Appointment of Chief Operating Officer

 

On January 13, 2023, the Board of Directors of Innovative Eyewear, Inc., (the “Company”) authorized the appointment of Jaoquin Abondano to the position of Chief Operating Officer of the Company, effective as of January 1, 2024.

 

Below is Joaquin Abondano’s biography:

 

Joaquin. Abondano, age 40, was the Vice President of E-Commerce and Supply Chain Operations of the Company since January 1, 2023 prior to his promotion to Chief Operating Officer. In this position, he had an instrumental role in driving the Company’s sales on Shopify (an online e-commerce platform) and expanding market presence across Amazon and overseeing significant digital marketing initiatives which have established him as an important part of the senior management team. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Abondano held the position of Vice President of Product and Logistics, at AMZ Tonal, Inc., a consumer services company, from June 2021 to January 2023, in which position he oversaw the launch of AMZ’s brands on Amazon and the implementation of custom software solutions. Prior to joining AMZ, from January 2009 to June 2021, Mr. Abondano co-founded and maintained a position as Vice President of Product Management at Groovy Toys LLC, a retail toy company, where he oversaw the company’s expansion into the US market, the development of its consumer products, including mobile apps and online games, and the growth of the company’s digital footprint. Mr. Abondano obtained a bachelor’s degree in management finance from Purdue University in 2006.

 

As compensation for his services, the Company shall pay Mr. Abondano a base salary of $140,000 per year. Mr. Abondano shall also have the right to receive a cash bonus of $30,000 at the end of any fiscal quarter in which the Company achieves $1,000,000 or more in E-commerce revenue. Mr. Abandano was also granted options to purchase 130,000 shares of common stock of the Company. In the event Mr. Abandano’s employment with the Company shall terminate, unless by termination for cause, Mr. Abandano’s options will fully vest and he shall be entitled to receive 15 days salary.

 

Item 8.01 Other Events.

 

On January 3, 2024, the Company entered into a multi-year non-exclusive licensing agreement with IngenioSpec LLC, (the “License Agreement”) covering multiple smart eyewear patents. Pursuant to the License Agreement, the Company will add licenses for 46 new patents to its current portfolio of 63 owned and licensed patents and applications.

 

The Company issued a press release announcing the entrance into the License Agreement, which has been filed as Exhibit 99.1, to this Current Report on Form 8-K.

 

Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits.

 

(d) Exhibits.

 

Exhibit No.   Description
99.1   Press Release dated January 5, 2024.

 

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SIGNATURES

 

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

 

Date: January 5, 2024 INNOVATIVE EYEWEAR, INC.
   
  By: /s/ Harrison Gross
    Harrison Gross
    Chief Executive Officer

 

2

 

Exhibit 99.1

 

 

Innovative Eyewear, Inc. and IngenioSpec LLC

Announce License Agreement

 

January 5, 2024 — Innovative Eyewear, Inc. (“Innovative Eyewear” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ: LUCY; LUCYW), the developer and seller of smart eyewear and IngenioSpec LLC a developer of smart eyewear are pleased to announce a license agreement and settlement covering multiple IngenioSpec smart eyewear patents (IP).

 

Harrison Gross, CEO of Innovative Eyewear, said “We are pleased to have entered into a license agreement with IngenioSpec. This multi-year. non-exclusive license includes patents directed to a wide variety of smart eyewear features which we may include in our future products. We believe the combination of this IP with Innovative Eyewear’s current portfolio of 63 owned and exclusively licensed patents and applications, provides a potential competitive advantage for us in the smart eyewear marketplace.”

 

About Innovative Eyewear, Inc.

 

Innovative Eyewear is a developer of cutting-edge ChatGPT enabled smart eyewear, under the Lucyd®, Nautica®, Eddie Bauer® and Reebok® brands. True to our mission to Upgrade Your Eyewear®, our Bluetooth audio glasses allow users to stay safely and ergonomically connected to their digital lives and are offered in hundreds of frame and lens combinations to meet the needs of the optical market. To learn more and explore our continuously evolving collection of smart eyewear, please visit www.lucyd.co.

 

Forward Looking Statements

 

This press release contains certain forward-looking statements, including those relating to the license agreement and any dispute resolution. Forward-looking statements are based on the Company’s current expectations and assumptions. The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 provides a safe-harbor for forward-looking statements. These statements may be identified by the use of forward-looking expressions, including, but not limited to, “anticipate,” “believe,” “continue,” “estimate,” “expect,” “future,” “intend,” “may,” “outlook,” “plan,” “potential,” “predict,” “project,” “should,” “will,” “would” and similar expressions that predict or indicate future events or trends or that are not statements of historical matters, but the absence of these words does not mean that a statement is not forward-looking. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements are set forth in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its annual report on Form 10-K under the caption “Risk Factors.”

 

Investor Relations Contacts:

 

Innovative Eyewear Inc.

Scott Powell

Skyline Corporate Communications Group, LLC

Office: +1 (646) 893-5835

Email: scott@skylineccg.com

 

IngenioSpec LLC

Angela Nijim

info@ingeniospec.com

 

 

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