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Nike sues over Chuck Taylor trademark infringement

Nike has filed suit against 31 companies alleging

Nike has filed suit against 31 companies alleging trademark infringement on its Chuck Taylor Converse shoes. These Chuck Taylors were on the shelf in on Oct. 14, 2014 in Miami, Fla. Credit: Getty Images / Joe Raedle

Nike’s Converse brand is suing 31 companies, saying they are selling knockoff versions of its Chuck Taylor shoes.
Converse is suing Skechers USA, Wal-Mart Stores Inc., FILA, Ed Hardy, Kmart Corp. and Ralph Lauren Corp., among many others. It says the companies are infringing on trademarks that cover the look of the shoe and the diamond pattern on the bottom of  the sole.
Iconix Brand Group Inc., the parent of the Ed Hardy brand, declined to comment on the lawsuit. Wal-Mart did not immediately reply to a request for comment.
The North Andover, Massachusetts, company filed its lawsuits Tuesday in the Eastern District of New York in Brooklyn and at the International Trade Commission. Converse says look-alike Chuck Taylor shoes have become more common in recent years, and says it has served about 180 cease and desist letters related to the issue since 2008.
Nike Inc. acquired Converse in 2003. Sales of the brand rose 16 percent in the most recent quarter ended in August, to $575 million.
The New York Times first reported on the suit.

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