Converse is suing 31 rivals over claims they infringed the trademark of its Chuck Taylor All-Stars shoes

Converse is suing 31 rivals over claims they infringed the trademark of its Chuck Taylor All-Stars shoes

Nike-owned footwear business Converse is suing 31 rivals over claims they infringed the trademark of its Chuck Taylor All-Stars shoes.

As well as filing a federal court case against the companies – including Skechers, Wal-Mart, H&M, Iconix, Kmart and Ralph Lauren – the company has requested that the US International Trade Commission conduct an investigation under section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930.

As well as US-headquartered businesses, the suits also target companies based in Italy, Canada, China, Japan and Australia.

The action seeks damages from the respondents and injunctions to halve further production of the shoes.

Converse introduced the Chuck Taylor All-Stars range as basketball shoes in 1917, taking the name from a well-known basketball player of the time.