Adidas Is Suing Skechers...Again
Yet another lawsuit between the two footwear companies.
BY PETE FORESTER | Jul 14, 2016 | News
This week Adidas filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Oregon, accusing Skechers of ripping off one of the brand's boldest designs.
The suit brings attention to the similarities between Adidas' Springblade (which was introduced in 2013), and a line of running shoes by Skechers. When the Springblade first came out, it caused a ruckus on account of its unique design. The shoes took inspiration from the running blades often used by amputee runners, utilising a series of hard plastic pedals that offered a spring-loaded response. Just recently, Skechers introduced its entire "Mega Blade" series, including the Mega Blade 2.0 and the Mega Blade 3.0.
The Mega Blades have almost exactly the same look as the Springblade, with a little bit of a Skechers twist. The question is whether the similarities are compelling enough to convince the court that Skechers has infringed on Adidas' intellectual property.
In a statement about the suit, Adidas said the following:
If this sounds particularly scathing to you, it's probably because Adidas is tired of Skechers' behaviour. In fact, Skechers has a history of (allegedly) infringing on Adidas' intellectual property. The Three Stripes sued Skechers over similar allegations in the past, and has a record of winning those suits.
Earlier this year an Oregon judge ruled that Skechers had to stop selling its Onix sneaker, an almost identical riff on the Stan Smith. (Skechers even used the term "Stan Smith" on their site as a searchable phrase directing to the Onix.) In the same suit the judge also ordered Skechers to stop selling the Cross Court, the design of which included an element similar to Adidas' three-stripe logo, and the Supernova, a running shoe modelled after an Adidas shoe with the same name.
From: Esquire US.