ITC Judge Spells Out 'Close' Converse Trademark Win

Law360, New York (December 21, 2015, 4:03 PM EST) -- A judge from the U.S. International Trade Commission has issued a full opinion detailing last month's ruling in Converse's closely watched case over the Chuck Taylor sneaker, explaining how he arrived at his "close call" that the shoe's design can be protected by trademark law.

In a 149-page ruling made public on Friday, Administrative Law Judge Charles Bullock spelled out his Nov. 17 ruling – which found Converse not only held a valid trademark on the layout of the famous canvas sneaker, but that Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Skechers USA Inc. and New Balance Athletics Inc. had all infringed it by selling...

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