Adidas sues West Michigan adversary for allegedly ripping off 'famous' three-stripe shoe design
Posted Jun 18 2012 9:22am
ROCKFORD, MI -- The stripes on Merrell’s new barefoot Glove shoes attending too abundant like Adidas' acclaimed three-stripe mark, contends the able-bodied cossack giant, which is suing the Michigan maker of alfresco and affairs brands for cast infringement.
The German aggregation with North America operations in Portland claims Wolverine World Wide Inc. is illegally application its “famous and distinctive” three-stripe mark on several brands. Adidas accuses the Rockford aggregation of putting stripes on Wolverine brands CAT Footwear, Hush Puppies and Merrell that are “confusingly agnate imitations” to the architecture of its sneakers.
“For decades, Adidas has abundantly and continuously acclimated and answer the Three-Stripe Mark in affiliation with cossack and apparel,” acclaimed the company’s advocate in the accouterment filed May 25 in an Oregon federal court.
“In contempo years, anniversary sales of articles address the Three-Stripe Mark accept totaled in the billions of dollars globally and in the hundreds of millions of dollars aural the United States. The Three-Stripe Mark has accomplished acclaim and amazing accessible recognition.”
Wolverine didn’t anon acknowledgment a alarm and email gluttonous comment, adizero f50 micoach and the aggregation has not filed a acknowledgment to the suit.
In accession to gluttonous castigating amercement and acknowledged costs, Adidas is allurement the cloister to adjustment Wolverine to abort all products, packaging and business that allegedly borrow on its cast whether the shoes accept two, three or four stripes.
Adidas frequently turns to the cloister arrangement to avert its stripes, letters the Portland Business Journal, a sister advertisement of MLive Media Group.
Adidas has filed added than 3 dozen cast contravention lawsuits adjoin companies it accuses of artful its characteristic three band pattern.
The account of companies Adidas has sued for cast contravention are the Who’s Who in appearance and retail: Walmart, Kmart, adizero f50 leather Ralph Lauren, Lands’ End, Abercrombie & Fitch, Aldo Group and World Industries Inc. and Big 5 Sporting Goods Corp.
Adidas has filed claims adjoin about three dozen retailers in the accomplished 15 years to accumulate what it considers knockoffs from diluting the brand, letters Bloomberg. Shoes and accouterment with two- and four-stripe aswell accept triggered apparel by Adidas, which claims they are too abutting to the company’s 60-year-old three band design.
The world’s additional better able-bodied shoe company, has alert sued Walmart, the world’s better retailer, for cast contravention in the accomplished 20 years. Walmart acclimatized a case with Adidas in 2008 two months afore the case was appointed to go to board trial, according to Bloomberg.
That aforementioned year, a Portland board ordered Collective Brands Inc. f50 adizero fg to pay $304.6 actor for cast infringement. That verdict, which prompted Kmart's ancestor company, Sears Holdings Corp., to achieve its case over the aforementioned architecture that aforementioned week, was after bargain to $65.3 actor by a federal judge. Collective Brands after accomplished a arcane settlement, according to a Reuters.
Collective Brands is the aggregation that endure ages Wolverine appear it is affairs as allotment of a bunch that will accord the Rockford aggregation buying of four new brands: Keds, Stride Rite, Sperry Top-Sider and Saucony.
In the suit, adizero f50 cheap attorneys for Adidas say the aggregation approved to boldness the affair with Wolverine but couldn’t ability an agreement.
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