Nike accuses Adidas of plagiarism and demands to stop imports
Nike accuses Adidas of copying the fabric of its shoes and demands to stop imports into the US. The firm alleges that its German rival infringes six of its patents by using Primeknit technology, supposedly similar to Flyknit, which is the company's own American.Nike accuses Adidas of copying the fabric of its shoes and demands to stop imports into the US.
Nike has asked the US International Trade Commission to stop imports of a series of Adidas shoes that it says infringe on patents covering its Flyknit technology, a material made up of lightweight but strong yarns found on the back of the shoe. upper part of some of its parts to hold the foot to the platform of the shoe.
The US company filed the complaint on Wednesday alleging that its German rival infringes six of its patents by using technology called Primeknit, allegedly similar to Flyknit, in 49 shoe designs, reports Reuters. According to the company, Adidas introduced Primeknit five months after Nike announced the launch of Flyknit in 2012.
Nike FlyKnit (Left). Adidas Primeknit (right). This technology is based on a knitted fabric that reduces waste without any loss in performance.
For its part, Adidas said the firm was reviewing the lawsuit in order to defend itself against the accusations, adding that its Primeknit technology "was the result of years of dedicated research."
Last year, the German company failed in its attempt to overturn two of Nike's patents in the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
Author: Patricia Chung 7:35 pm