The world’s largest sportswear brand, Nikefiled a lawsuit against lululemon athleticaa company based in Canada in the same field claims that it has violated its intellectual property in at least 4 of its running shoe models.
Nike filed suit in Manhattan Federal Courts last Monday, saying it suffered irreparable economic damage as a result of lululemon’s actions. Specifically, it claims a patent infringement related to textile elements in the Chargefeel, Blissfeel and Strongfeel models of the Canadian brand.
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“Nike’s claims are baseless and we look forward to proving our case in court,” a lululemon spokesperson said in a statement. statements to the press.
The conflict comes a year after the British Columbia-based company launched its first model of women’s running shoe, the bliss. it’s new upper It received high praise from the running community for its comfort and stretchability. In July of the same year, the company launched its second model, load feelingpresenting the same type of tissue.
Nike assures that lululemon has used textile elements and procedures that violate related patents flyknit technology. This technology uses highly resistant fibers to create a lightweight upper that provides support, elasticity and breathability. It is present in many of Nike’s high-performance shoes, such as the Invincible flight waves React Infinity Run.
This is not the first legal conflict between the two sportswear companies. In January 2022, Nike sued lululemon for patent infringement related to the Mirror Home Gym device and other apps, alleging that lululemon had infringed Nike patents in digital sports technologies.
In recent years, Nike has been embroiled in several lawsuits related to copyright and trademark infringement on its sneaker designs. More recently, Nike also sued A bathing monkey for trademark infringement involving several of the brand’s most iconic sneaker designs, including the Air Force 1 and Air Jordan 1.