US: Vibram and Fila settle patent infringement case
Footwear rivals Vibram and Fila have reached a settlement resolving a patent infringement lawsuit.
The case, which was filed by Italy-based Vibram and its US subsidiary Vibram USA July 2011 against Fila USA in the US District Court of Massachusetts, alleged that Fila's Skeletoes footwear infringed Vibram's FiveFinger footwear designs.
Tony Post, former Vibram USA president, said before its FiveFingers shoe was launched, there was no minimalist footwear constructed with individual toe pockets that encouraged natural, barefoot movement before while providing enhanced grip and protection.
The lawsuit involved Vibram's US patent numbers 7,805,860, D579,181 and D582,134 and certain of Fila's Skeletoes footwear models.
Terms of the settlement were not disclosed.
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