Setback For Converse In Shoe Trademark Dispute

Law360, New York (April 17, 2006, 12:00 AM EDT) -- In a dramatic legal turnaround for shoemaker Converse Inc., the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit has ruled that a lower court erred in dismissing a trademark infringement suit brought against the company by a group of fraternities and sororities.

The lawsuit was filed in December 2003, alleging that the company’s university-themed shoes violated the trademark and trade dress of their Greek groups.

The ruling was a major victory for the National Pan-Hellenic Council Inc. (NPHC), a coordinating body for nine historically African-American fraternities...
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