Nike sues New Balance and Skechers for patent infringement on sneaker technology – 7/11/2023 at 2:27 am

(Added New Balance comment to paragraph 4) by Blake Brittain

Footwear giant Nike

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filed federal lawsuits on Monday against rivals New Balance and Skechers

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accusing them of infringing patents related to Nike’s technology for manufacturing athletic shoe uppers.

The lawsuits claim that several New Balance athletic shoes and Skechers sneakers improperly use Nike’s patented “Flyknit” technology for running, football and basketball shoes.

Nike has already sued Adidas

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Puma

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and Lululemon

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for infringement of Flyknit patents. Adidas and Puma have resolved their disputes, while Nike’s lawsuit against Lululemon is still ongoing.

New Balance said in a statement that it “fully respects the intellectual property rights of its competitors, but Nike does not have the exclusive right to design and produce footwear using traditional manufacturing methods used in the industry for years.”

Representatives for Nike and Skechers did not immediately respond to requests for comment on Monday’s lawsuits.

Beaverton, Oregon-based Nike’s website says its Flyknit technology “uses high-strength fibers to create lightweight uppers with targeted areas of support, stretch and breathability.” reducing materials and waste.

Nike’s complaint against Boston-based New Balance, filed in Massachusetts federal court, claims that New Balance’s Fresh Foam, FuelCell and other lines violate Nike’s patent rights. In Los Angeles, Nike sued Skechers, based in Manhattan Beach, California, alleging that shoes, including Skechers’ Ultra Flex and Glide Step brands, infringed its patents.

Nike asked the courts for an unspecified amount of damages and orders permanently barring New Balance and Skechers from infringing the patents.

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