First it was Adidas, who felt violated and now Nike has made a similar complaint against Skechers.Founded by CEO Robert Greenberg and his son Michael in 1992, Skechers USA Inc., an American footwear company, specializes in making sneakers.
Earlier in 2014, Nike had sued Skechers for the first time. They claimed that Skechers had infringed their patent rights to a converse line called “Chuck Taylor”, however an administrative trade judge ruled in favor of the smaller company.
Nike Inc. filed their second lawsuit in federal court in Portland against its competitor, Skechers USA Inc. alleging patent infringement only after a period of four months of Adidas suing Skechers for trademark infringement.
In the suit, Nike claims that Skechers is selling shoes that replicate 8 (eight) Nike design patents that had been granted to the company, stating that "overall appearance of the designs of the Nike patents and the corresponding designs of Skechers’ infringing shoes are substantially the same". Further, Nike demanded that the judge grant an injunction in order to stop Skechers from selling the infringed shoes in addition to damages. Nike also claimed all Skechers’ sale profits, as rightfully theirs and conveyed that such to be paid back.
Skechers declined to comment on this regard as this is still an ongoing litigation.