Adidas Can't Undo Nike's Sneaker Patent Win, Fed. Circ. Says

Law360 (June 25, 2020, 10:29 PM EDT) -- The Federal Circuit ruled on Thursday that Adidas can appeal Patent Trial and Appeal Board rulings that upheld two Nike patents for knitted sneaker technology even though Adidas wasn't sued over the patents, but that finding alone isn't enough to change the outcome in Adidas' favor.

A three-judge panel held in a precedential opinion that Nike's earlier accusations that Adidas' "Primeknit" sneakers infringed Nike's patents for its "Flyknit" sneakers were enough to give Adidas standing to appeal the PTAB's decisions upholding the patents.

Despite this, the panel said the PTAB correctly found that Adidas failed to show that Nike patents were...

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