Converse Says Footwear Maker Copied Chuck Taylor Design

Law360, New York (September 10, 2013, 10:54 AM EDT) -- Converse Inc. hit a fair-trade shoe manufacturer with a trademark infringement suit in Massachusetts federal court Monday, alleging that the company willfully copied the design of its iconic Chuck Taylor All Star line of sneakers.

The company's complaint accused Massachusetts-based Autonomie Project Inc. of infringing on the federal trademarks covering the look of its flagship sneaker model through the design and sale of no less than four of its shoe lines. Converse points to statements on Autonomie's own website as evidence that the infringement is willful...
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