New Balance is accusing Karl Lagerfeld of copyright infringement

New Balance is accusing Karl Lagerfeld of copyright infringement

Sports apparel and footwear firm New Balance has filed a lawsuit against Karl Lagerfeld over copyright infringement of its logo on the designer's new sneaker line.

New Balance is accusing Lagerfeld, the longtime creative director of Chanel, of copying its footwear logo with a 'K' motif, similar to that of its 'N' motif.

New Balance, which says it has been using its 'N' logo since the seventies, claims the similarity between the two shoes' designs "creates confusion".

A spokesperson for New Balance said: "On June 3, 2014, New Balance filed a lawsuit against Karl Lagerfeld to protect our intellectual property rights related to our iconic Lifestyle footwear designs. Although we cannot comment on the specifics of the case, we believe it is vital to actively and vigorously defend our brand."

Karl Lagerfeld did not return a request for comment.