Winners And Losers In ITC's Chuck Taylor Trademark Ruling

Law360, New York (June 27, 2016, 10:09 PM EDT) -- If imitation is truly the sincerest form of flattery, Converse really doesn't know how to take a compliment.

In October 2014, the Nike Inc. subsidiary sued more than two dozen companies for selling shoes that it said mimicked the look of its flagship Chuck Taylor sneaker, arguing that key elements of the shoe's design were so distinctive that they were protected by trademark law. At the time, Converse said it had seen an "explosion" in such knockoffs as the decades-old Chuck became increasingly trendy in recent years.

The suits, filed in both federal court and the U.S. International Trade Commission, didn't...

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