PTAB Upholds Nike Shoe Patents In Adidas Challenge

By Kevin Penton (October 20, 2017, 8:44 PM EDT) -- The Patent Trial and Appeal Board on Thursday upheld as valid the asserted claims of two Nike patents for the upper parts of footwear, rejecting Adidas' contentions in the two cases that the patents are obvious.

Adidas AG failed to demonstrate that a combination of previously issued patents would have made the asserted claims of the two Nike Inc. patents obvious for an ordinarily skilled artisan, the PTAB concluded in the two America Invents Act inter partes reviews.

The two patents cover particular forms for the upper parts of footwear, detailing how the materials are cut, shaped and attached to form...

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