Fashion Law: Nike and Skechers in Patent Battle
Only two weeks into the New Year and 2016 is already proving to be the year of infringement battles in the fashion industry. Athletic wear giant, Nike Inc. has filed a second trademark lawsuit in Oregon district court against Skechers USA claiming the company infringed upon numerous footwear designs.
Included in the lawsuit was a 168-page document outlining all infringed shoe designs to include Skechers’ Burst, Women’s Flex Appeal, Men’s Flex Advantage, Girl’s Skech Appeal and Boy’s Advantage. Also included in the suit were customer review documents that specifically noted the design similarities between both brands.
Nike commented, “…on information and belief, an ordinary observer will perceive the overall appearance of the designs of the Nike Patents and the corresponding designs of Skechers’ infringing shoes to be substantially the same.”
The lawsuit was filed on January 4th but no court date has been set yet. Skechers declined to comment.
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