GERMANY: Court lifts ban on Adidas Primeknit shoe
Adidas has welcomed a decision by the Nuremberg District Court to reject Nike's request for an injunction to stop Adidas making and selling its Primeknit shoe in Germany.
The decision comes after Nike was granted an interim injunction in September that prevented Adidas from manufacturing and distributing its Adizero Primeknit shoe in Germany after it accused Adidas of patent infringement.
Nike introduced its Flyknit footwear in February, while Adidas's shoe was launched at the end of July. Both shoes feature a knitted upper, with structure and support knitted into the shoe.
Adidas said in a statement that the injunction was granted to Nike without Adidas' prior notice. At the time, the court did not have the opportunity to hear Adidas' side of the story.
The German sportswear giant said it "vigorously denies it has infringed the patent, and has filed for cancellation of the patent, with documents showing that the technology has been known since the 1940s".
In response, a Nike spokesperson told just-style that the decision is "just one step in the process".
"We will continue to aggressively protect our intellectual property rights, including through the conclusion of this interim injunction proceeding as well as in a formal infringement case," the spokesperson said.
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