Nike Shoes Predated Inventors' Patent Claims: Judge

Law360, New York (May 26, 2010, 5:22 PM EDT) -- Nike Inc.'s Air Jordan XV athletic shoe was for sale in stores before a patent for a "lateral foot stabilizer" was issued, a federal judge has ruled, negating two claims in a patent asserted by two inventors against the athletic wear giant and its Converse Inc. subsidiary.

Nike's "outrigger" stability design predates plaintiffs William G. Cummings and Jay G. Levine's original application and, therefore, two of their patented claims are invalid under the federal statutory "on-sale bar," Judge Shira Scheindlin ruled Monday in the U.S. District...
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