Skechers has filed lawsuits against a number of companies for selling a product it said infringes on its Go Walk line

Skechers has filed lawsuits against a number of companies for selling a product it said infringes on its Go Walk line

Footwear business Skechers USA has filed a patent lawsuit against Steven Madden for selling footwear it claims infringes on its Go Walk and other popular product lines.

The suit, filed in the US District Court for the Central District of California, seeks compensatory and punitive damages as well as injunctive relief for infringing on multiple Skechers’ patents.

The firm claims Steven Madden is selling the infringing products under its Steven by Steve Madden Line under the style name Setta.

"Skechers has invested tremendous resources into designing, developing, advertising and patenting our Skechers Go Walk and our other popular product lines and has built them into a name and look globally recognised and synonymous with Skechers," said COO David Weinberg.

"While we prefer to compete in the market place, Steven Madden is selling its infringing footwear to Skechers’ wholesale customers and in other sales channels where the Skechers products are sold, and we believe this is causing us enormous damage. We will not allow anyone to infringe on some of our most valuable intellectual properties. We plan on taking similar action against any company that develops any products that infringe on the patents of the Skechers Go walk or any of our other popular product lines, and any retailer that sells the Steven by Steve Madden Setta style."

Skechers has filed lawsuits against a number of companies for selling a product it says infringes on its Go Walk line, including Reebok International, Fila, and DB Shoe Company.