adidas has filed yet another lawsuit against Skechers, claiming that the American lifestyle and performance footwear company has once again copied one of their designs. This time around, adidas believes that Skechers has infringed upon their intellectual property by mimicking their 2013 Springblade running sneaker.
The lawsuit was filed earlier today in the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon, in reference to Skechers’ Mega Flex 2.0 shoe, which boasts similar blades featured on the outsole that in turn aid in propelling runners forward. adidas was the first to utilize such technology and design detail on a sneaker.
Below you can read a statement from adidas regarding the lawsuit:
“Today, adidas filed another lawsuit against Skechers. We will not stand by and allow others to blatantly copy our products and infringe on our valuable intellectual property. These shameless imitations tarnish the reputation of our brand and our people who work tirelessly to research and develop technical innovations and designs that help athletes make a difference.”
“We are the leader in footwear innovation, design and engineering, creating high performance shoes for athletes. We are a company of creators and makers who lead the industry to new standards, continually bringing the best in high-quality products to consumers.”
“This pattern of unlawful behavior and freeloading in the industry is outrageous and must end. We will take every legal measure possible to protect and defend our innovations.”
This isn’t the first time that adidas has had an issue with Skechers, however. Earlier this year a federal judge ordered Skechers to stop selling their Onix shoe, which clearly copied adidas’s iconic Stan Smith.