Nike has filed a lawsuit against Adidas designers

Nike has filed a lawsuit against Adidas designers

German sporting giant Adidas has defended its position over a lawsuit filed against three of its designers by their former employer Nike.

The US sportswear firm claims in a court filing that its former shoe designers Marc Dolce, Mark Miner, and Denis Dekovic, took commercial secrets to Adidas, copying sensitive design and business documents, including drawings for an unreleased shoe.

According to Nike, the designers started consulting for Adidas while still working at the company, violating their non-compete agreements.

A Nike spokesperson said in a statement: "Nike is an innovation company and we will continue to vigorously protect our intellectual property."

Nike claims Adidas knew of the non-compete agreements and promised to pay for any legal fallout.

A spokesperson for Adidas, however, has moved to defend its position and said it is known for industry leading innovation and game-changing performance products.

"We attract top talent from around the world. We offer the most challenging and rewarding opportunities for creatives in our industry. Many of our employees have storied careers and rich experiences, but we have no interest in old work or past assignments as we are focused on shaping the future of the sporting goods industry, not looking at what has been done in the past."

The case is Nike, Inc v Denis Dekovic, Marc Dolce, and Mark Miner, in the Circuit Court of the State of Oregon for the County of Multnomah, No. 14-cv-18876.