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Nike Fouled Photog, Stole ‘Jumpman’ IP, 9th Circ. Told

Law360, San Francisco (July 11, 2017, 10:10 PM EDT) -- Nike Inc. and a photographer duked it out before a Ninth Circuit panel Tuesday over allegations the apparel giant ripped off its iconic “Jumpman” logo from the photographer’s 1984 image of Michael Jordan, with the photographer arguing that the minor differences in the images can’t overcome their similarities.

The photographer's attorney Dean M. Harvey of Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein LLP told a three-judge panel that the district court’s decision to toss Jacobus Rentmeester’s suit ignored the Ninth Circuit’s inverse-ratio rule, which requires courts to apply...
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Case Information

Case Title

Jacobus Rentmeester v. Nike, Inc.

Case Number



Appellate - 9th Circuit

Nature of Suit

3820 Copyright

Date Filed

June 19, 2015

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