Skechers Sues Steve Madden for Patent Infringement

Steve Madden is in legal trouble, again. This time the shoe company has been sued by Skechers over claims that Steve Madden infringed on several of Skechers’ patents. The infringing patents are designs that are used in the Skechers Go Walk shoes.

Skechers claims that the Setta shoe in the Steve by Steve Madden collection infringed patents that govern the details of the Go Walk shoes’ uppers, outsoles, and bottoms. Skechers claims that selling the Setta style, damages Skechers business because the shoes are being sol alongside each other and causing confusion amongst the consumers.

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Oftentimes, a fashion brand typically sues based on a claim of trade dress or trademark infringement, governing aspects such as these. Converse had recently sued over 30 brands and retailers, and has settled with many of them, over trademarks they hold for their signature Chuck Taylor All Stars. Suing based on a patent claim, is relatively unheard of within the fashion industry.

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Bernardo Sues Old Navy For Patent Infringement

Shoe company Bernardo’s parent company, JPT Group LLC, has sued Gap Inc. and its subsidiary, Old Navy LLC, for patent infringement in federal court in Texas. JPT is alleging that Old Navy has copies two of its women’s sandal styles, for which the company has a valid patent.

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JPT is arguing that Old Navy “have and continue to purposefully place infringing products into the stream of commerce” and that the retailer was aware of the patents for the Bernardo sandals but continued to produce and sell the sandals anyway.

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