Acupuncture Clothing has reached a successful settlement to protect its intellectual property rights against retailers stocking shoes that infringe copies of Acupuncture's designs.

This month, proceedings issued by the company against Faith Footwear for alleged infringement of Acupuncture's design rights in its "Alto" trainer have been settled out of court. Faith Footwear settled the claims without any admission of liability but agreed not to place further orders for the trainers (supplied to Faith by a third party) in the future.

Acupuncture plans to continue drawing the attention of both retailers and suppliers to the fact that its holds both registered and unregistered design rights to its trainers and is prepared to enforce these rights.