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.
Nike is expected to maintain its position as the most important sports brand in Chile. Nike de Chile’s strategy is to continue organising sports events – such as “Nike 10K” or “Nike 300K” – aimed at i...
Nike México SA de CV plans to continue to position itself as one of the top sports brands in the country. In order to accomplish this goal, it will continue sponsoring local sports celebrities and foo...
Representatives from more than 40 apparel brands and retailers have called for a credible action plan to address workplace safety in the Bangladesh clothing sector as the death toll from last week's R...
Nike has teamed up with NASA and a number of other US government departments to collaborate on developing sustainable materials. ...
A new study into the impact of the branded clothing sector on the European economy is calling for a shift in thinking when it comes to setting out trade policies to include the full breadth of the ind...
Four months after lawmakers in Oregon approved legislation that tax rules would not change for companies making new investments in the state, sportswear giant Nike is to expand its headquarters in Was...
- New wage ladder lifts workers towards living wages
- US retailers to face logistics issues into 2015
- New scenarios driving sustainability in textiles
- African apparel sector needs cooperation to thrive
- UK fashion sector prospects depend on partnerships
- Bangladesh worker dies as factory boiler ruptures
- Eight footwear factories lead on social compliance
- Global unions join forces on apparel wage poverty
- US firms eye Vietnam footwear growth ahead of TPP
- J Crew embarks on new expansion phase