Nike Sues Adidas Over Footwear Cushioning Patent

Law360, New York (February 17, 2006, 12:00 AM EST) -- Sportswear maker Nike Inc. has sued Adidas-Salomon AG for patent infringement, claiming its German rival ripped off a unique footwear cushioning system based on automotive bumper technology.

In its complaint, Nike said the offending footwear includes some of Adidas' most popular and expensive shoes, which cost up to $250 per pair. The move signaled that IP will play a big part in the companies' mounting battle for market share in the quickly-consolidating industry.

Filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, the...
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