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Converse Lawsuit Is Targeting Chuck Taylor Sneaker Knockoffs

By    |   Thursday, 16 Oct 2014 06:19 AM

Saying they're selling knockoff versions of its Chuck Taylor shoes, Nike's Converse brand is suing 31 companies – including Skechers, Wal-Mart, FILA, K-Mart, Ed Hardy and Ralph Lauren.

The Associated Press reported Converse  as saying the companies are infringing on trademarks that cover the look of the shoe and the diamond pattern on the bottom of the sole.

Iconix Brand Group Inc., the parent of the Ed Hardy brand, declined to comment on the lawsuit. Walmart did not immediately reply to a request for comment.

The North Andover, Massachusetts, company filed its lawsuits Tuesday in the Eastern District of New York and at the International Trade Commission. Converse said look-alike Chuck Taylor shoes have become more common in recent years, and said it has served about 180 cease and desist letters related to the issue since 2008.

Nike acquired Converse in 2003. Sales of the brand rose 16 percent in the most recent quarter ended in August, to $575 million.

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Saying they're selling knockoff versions of its Chuck Taylor shoes, Nike's Converse brand is suing 31 companies – including Skechers, Wal-Mart, FILA, K-Mart, Ed Hardy and Ralph Lauren.
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