Acupuncture Clothing today announced the successful outcome of two intellectual property rights suits against Lloyd Shoe Co Limited and Sacha, a UK-based shoe retailer. 

In September, Lloyds Shoe Co. Limited, which operates shoe concessions out of the TopMan stores, entered into undertakings not to deal in trainers that infringe Acupuncture's design rights in any of their Spring/Summer 2000 collection, including the "Beefer" and "Alto" trainers. Lloyds Shoes has also agreed to pay a substantial proportion of the profits made by them from the sale of the trainers by way of compensation and a contribution to Acupuncture's legal costs. 

Sacha, which operates a number of stores in the UK, has recently settled legal proceedings issued by Acupuncture for infringement of the design rights in the "Alto" trainer. Sacha has also agreed not to deal in trainers that infringe the design rights in any of the Acupuncture trainers in their Spring/Summer 2000 collection and made a contribution to Acupuncture's legal costs.

Both Lloyds Shoes and Sacha have also agreed to provide information on their suppliers to Acupuncture, the company said in a press release.