Last year, Converse sued 31 brands and retailers for trademark infringement, claiming that these brands and retailers infringed on trademarks held by Converse for its well-known Chuck Taylor sneakers.
Converse also filed a complaint with the International Trade Commission, who has been investigating the claims since November. Several of the brands, including Ralph Lauren, H&M, Zullily, and Tory Burch have settled their lawsuits with the brand. Each brand agreed to stop producing shoes that would infringe Converse’s trademarks, and pay an undisclosed amount in damages.
Converse Chuck Taylor Sneakers // via Sweet and Lonely
However, some brands are aren’t going down without a fight. New Balance, who was not one of the 31 brands sued, filed a motion for declaratory judgment, asking the court to deem Converse’s trademarks invalid in a bid to preempt any litigation from Converse.
Wal-Mart has also vowed to fight Converse’s claims. Wal-Mart filed a response with the ITC claiming that Converse’s complaint is simply trying to “extort monetary settlements” from the brands it has sued.
Last Fall, Converse went on a litigation spree and sued 31 brands, claiming trademark infringement. Amongst those 31 brands sued were H&M, Zulily, and Tory Burch. The shoe brand also filed an complaint with the International Trade Commission, who announced in November that it would be investigating Converse’s claims.
Converse Chuck Taylor Sneakers // via Sweet and Lonely
Converse claimed in its lawsuit, that these brands copied its iconic ‘Chuck Taylor’ sneaker, a style which has become synonymous with Americana fashion. Converse claimed that these brands infringed upon trademarks it holds for design elements of the sneaker.
Converse has since settled with Ralph Lauren, one of the brands sued. Ralph Lauren agreed to pay an undisclosed amount and destroy all infringing products.
It seems that three more brands have settled with Converse over the past month. H&M, Zulily, and Tory Burch have all settled with Converse. Reports state that each brand has agreed to pay damages (the amount not being disclosed to the public), to destroy all infringing products and to no longer manufacture and sell products that could infringe Converse’s trademarks.
Back in October, Converse sued over 30 brands for trademark infringement, and filed a complaint to the International Trade Commission.
Converse claimed in its lawsuits that these brands and retailers have infringed the American shoe brand’s trademarks and have produced and sold shoes that are confusingly similar to the Chuck Taylors that Converse has become famous for. The specific trademarks in question are the rubber stripe around the shoe and the pattern on the sole of the shoe.
Converse ‘Chuck Taylor’ Sneaker via converse.com
Included in the brands named in the complaint is American brand, Ralph Lauren. This past week, Converse and Ralph Lauren seemed to come to a settlement agreement and jointly filed a motion to terminate the pending suit.
In October, Converse sued 31 brands and retailers in federal court claiming trademark infringement of its iconic shoe, the Chuck Taylor. The companies sued range from Wal-Mart and H&M to Tory Burch and Ralph Lauren. Along with its federal lawsuit, the shoe brand submitted a complaint to the International Trade Commission.
Converse’s Chuck Taylor High Top Sneakers
Converse has claimed that the brands and retailers have violated section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930, which governs the importation of products into the United States. It asked the ITC to impose an exclusion order preventing any import of any products that may be deemed as infringing of Converse’s trademarks.
Converse has sued up to 31 brands in 22 lawsuits for trademark infringement alleging that each company has copied its signature shoe, the Chuck Taylor sneaker. The companies sued range from affordable retail stores like Walmart and H&M, to competitors like Skechers, to high fashion brands like Ralph Lauren and Tory Burch.
Converse Chuck Taylor Sneaker
Converse has claimed in its lawsuits that these brands and retailers have infringed the American shoe brand’s trademarks and have produced and sold shoes that are confusingly similar to the Chuck Taylors that Converse has become famous for. Specifically, Converse claims the infringement of the trademarks of the rubber stripe around the shoe and the pattern on the bottom of the shoe.
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.
Skechers Go Walk via skechers.com
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.
With Labor Day coming this weekend, that signals the start of a new school year. Now, while many dreaded the thought of going back to school, I always thought of it as a fashion opportunity! Whether it was buying new sweaters and flats to accessorize my school uniform, or buying some new basic pieces that I could rock with just about anything in my closet during college and law school, for me a new school year meant new ways to experiment with fashion! Here are a couple of pieces I’m obsessing over if I were going back to school next week!
1. Velvet by Graham Spencer Skinny Jeans || 2. Chloé ‘Lauren’ Scalloped Flat || 3. Tobi Flannel Fiend Shirt || 4. Rebecca Taylor ‘Enchanted Gardens’ Top || 5. Lucca Couture Daisy Dress || 6. Converse x Missoni ‘Ox’ Sneaker || 7. Longchamp ‘Le Pliage’ Tote Bag || 8. RYDER Flannel Mini Skirt || 9. BLANKNYC Shredded Boyfriend Jeans