The Seattle Post reports that adidas has won a trade mark suit against Nike in Dusseldorf. The use by Nike and another manufacturer of two parallel stripes along the seam of trousers and jackets. This is the latest in a long line of litigation against big companies such as Ralph Lauren and Abercrombie and Fitch brought by adidas. "Really for us, this is business as usual - it may be Nike one day and another company another day," said an adidas spokesman.
The IPKat says that this just goes to show that big trade mark owners can be defendants in trade mark cases just as easily as they can be claimants. Merpel adds that it’s not clear whether adidas won on confusion-based infringement or dilution grounds – any help that the IPKat’s readers can give in clarifying this point would be appreciated.
More shocking examples of stripe-related trade mark infringement here and here
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