Ore. Inventor Sues Adidas Over Soccer Shoe Patents

Law360, New York (January 18, 2011, 4:18 PM EST) -- An Oregon athlete and inventor has amended a $5 million lawsuit accusing Adidas AG of infringing four patents for customizable footwear, claiming the sports apparel giant ignored prior art as it pursued patents for its Tunit soccer shoe.

Plaintiff Robert M. Lyden told Adidas about his patents beginning in 2004, but the German company willfully ignored the prior art in prosecuting two of its infringing patents, according to Friday's amended complaint in the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon.

"Beginning in 2005 and then...
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