OREGON IP / Athletic Apparel / District Court of Oregon

Nike sues Skechers for design patent infringement

Published February 1, 2016

In a complaint filed in the District Court of Oregon on January, 4, 2016, Nike alleges that several of Skechers product lines infringe design patents owned by Nike.

All eight Nike design patents identified in the complaint (D696,853; D700,423; D707,032; D723,772; D723,781; D723,783; D725,356; and D725,359) issued recently, in 2014 or 2015. According to the complaint, at least some of the patents cover Nike’s “Flyknit” design, which uses yarns and fabric variations to create a “featherweight, formfitting and virtually seamless upper” according to a Nike press release.

The table below is reproduced from the complaint and compares figures from one of the asserted design patents (D696,853) with photos of the accused shoes sold by Skechers.

Nike v. skecher figure

 

Posted on 02/01/2016 by Deakin T. Lauer