Font Size
Share this article


Print Friendly Version
29 October 2019
LIFESTYLE

Nike piles on claims Skechers is a copycat in new patent suit

In a lawsuit filed 30 September 2019, Nike claimed that Skechers was copying patented features of its VaporMax and Air Max 270 designs.

BLOOMBERG/PATRICK T. FALLON


Nike has increased the pressure on Skechers, filing another lawsuit accusing its rival of building its business by copying patented shoe features, reported Bloomberg.

In the latest patent-infringement lawsuit, filed in federal court in Los Angeles, Nike claims Skechers’ Skech-Air Jumpin’ Dots and Mega shoes are using the air and footwear cushioning inventions developed by the Beaverton, Oregon-based company.

Nike stated that “Instead of innovating its own designs and technologies, Skechers’ business strategy includes copying its competitors’ designs and using innovative technologies developed by others to gain market share.”

This is the fourth lawsuit Nike has filed against Skechers, including one that accused Skechers of copying the iconic Chuck Taylor shoes that has been simmering for five years.

Separately, a US International Trade Commission judge earlier this month found that Skechers was not infringing Nike trademarks; the case now heads to the full commission for a final decision. A 2017 lawsuit Nike filed over patented designs for its Flyknit is pending in Oregon.

Skechers responded by posting a full-page ad in the New York Times and Tweeter that called Nike a ‘bully’ and said the company was using its vast resources to stifle competition in the courtroom rather than compete in the marketplace.


RELATED STORIES: NIKE SKECHERS SKECH-AIR JUMPIN’ DOTS CHUCK TAYLOR SHOES US INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION


RECOMMENDED NEWS



BRANDS MAGAZINES LATEST EDITION

OUR BRANDS



CPI Financial was established in Dubai in 1999 to meet the needs of an ever-expanding financial community, offering a comprehensive portfolio of market-leading products and services tailor-made for the banking and financial services sectors.


Subscribe to our News Letter

Subscribe

© 2019 CPI Financial. All rights reserved.

No part of this website may be reproduced or used in any form of advertising without prior permission in writing from the editor.