Nike Sues Lululemon for Patent Infringement of Its Sneaker Designs
After taking a stand against BAPE for copying a plethora of its sneaker designs, Nike is now taking charge at Lululemon for patent infringement over its sneaker designs and innovative Flyknit technology. This isn’t the first time that the sportswear juggernaut has called out the athleisure imprint has in January 2022, the Swoosh filed a lawsuit against the Canada-based company over its mirror home gym.
In this new case, Nike brings a variety of Lululemon’s footwear silhouettes to the forefront including the Blissfeel (pictured above), Strongfeel, Chargefeel Low and Chargefeel Mid. The constructions of these workout-focused models are anchored by a knitted fabric that is designed to expand with as you move much like the bevy of popular Flyknit training and lifestyle silhouettes that Nike has been releasing since 2012. The Swoosh claims that Lululemon’s stretchy material and flat-knitting methods of forming the upper layer seams are too similar to its own offerings. Nike is seeking an undisclosed sum in damages and a permanent injunction to prevent any further infringement.
It’s also important to note that Nike also sued brands like adidas, PUMA and Skechers in the past for violating its patents as it pertains to its Flyknit technology. Sit tight for further word on this case.
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