Wal-Mart Fighting Converse Lawsuit

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

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.

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Converse Settles With H&M, Zulily, and Tory Burch

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 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.

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Converse Reaches Settlement Agreement with Ralph Lauren, New Balance Gearing Up For a Fight

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.

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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.

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ITC To Investigate Converse’s Trademark Infringement Claims

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.

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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.

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Converse Sues 31 Brands For Trademark Infringement

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.

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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.

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