London - Sportswear giant Adidas has filed a lawsuit against Skechers in America over alleged trademark infringement, after it claims that Skechers were selling copies of a trainer similar to its popular Stan Smith shoes.

The lawsuit, filed in the federal district court in Portland, Oregon, accuses Skechers of a “long-term pattern of unlawful conduct” of infringing Adidas’ rights, by selling footwear that violates its Stan Smith, Three Stripe and Supernova trademarks.

Both Adidas’ Stan Smith shoes and Skechers Onix Sneaker’s are made of white leather with perforations along the side and a green accent on the heel and tongue.

In a statement, Adidas said: “Adidas will not stand silently while Skechers copies the iconic Stan Smith shoe and uses terms like ‘Adidas Originals’ and ‘Stan Smith’ as keywords on its website to divert customers looking for authentic Adidas shoes.”

The German sportswear brand has stated that the lawsuit is necessary to protect its “valuable intellectual property” and it’s asking the court for a permanent injunction prohibiting Skechers from selling or marketing the infringement styles.

 

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