Adidas Wins Trademark Suit Vs. Nike Over Three-Stripes Logo

Law360, New York (January 25, 2005, 12:00 AM EST) -- A German court has ruled for athletic apparel maker Adidas in a trademark infringement lawsuit against U.S. rival Nike Inc. over the former’s three-stripes logo.

The Dusseldorf district court ordered Nike stop selling a pair of workout pants with two parallel stripes stitched along the seam, which Adidas had complained could easily be confused with its own three-stripes logo.

The court ruled that Nike, as well as German clothing manufacturer Tom Tailor, had infringed Adidas' trademark by using the two parallel lines.

In Nike's case, the...
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