Sportswear company Reebok and retail giant Wal-Mart have settled a court case which accused the latter of stealing one of Reebok's shoe designs, Associated Press reported.

Reebok sued Wal-Mart in December 2004 for copying the design for a three-layer cushioned shoe sole, arguing that Wal-Mart's Starter Oxide trainer violated a patent for its DMX Reflex shoe design it had received earlier in the year.

However, Wal-Mart attorneys said the case was invalid as its own shoes were made before Reebok had obtained the copyright for its own.

Reebok wanted compensation from Wal-Mart as well as a forced recall of the offending items, which are no longer on sale.