Home > IP Express > Trademark

Nike settles trademark case against BAPE over shoe designs

Post Time:2024-04-30 Source:Reuters Author:Blake Brittain Views:

April 29 (Reuters) - Nike (NKE.N) has settled its lawsuit accusing Japanese fashion brand A Bathing Ape, also known as BAPE, of unlawfully copying the footwear giant's famous sneaker designs, according to a filing in New York federal court on Monday.

The joint filing, opens new tab said that BAPE and Beaverton, Oregon-based Nike signed an agreement that would end their dispute. Nike said in a statement that BAPE had agreed to discontinue some of its shoes and redesign others as part of the settlement.

Representatives for BAPE did not immediately respond to requests for comment and more information about the settlement.

BAPE, founded by designer Tomoaki Nagao, is owned by Hong Kong-based I.T. Ltd. BAPE began selling products in the United States in the mid-2000s, according to the lawsuit Nike filed last year.

Nike claimed that BAPE's footwear business "revolves around copying Nike's iconic designs," and that some of its shoes are "near verbatim" copies of Nike's Air Force 1, Air Jordan 1, and Dunk sneakers.

Nike accused BAPE of trademark infringement and said its designs would cause consumer confusion.

BAPE denied the allegations. U.S. District Judge Paul Gardephe refused to dismiss the case in March, rejecting BAPE's argument that Nike had failed to show that the designs at issue were entitled to trademark protection.