SKECHERS USA, Inc. Sues Fila for Infringing on SKECHERS GO WALK® Product Line
MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--SKECHERS USA, Inc. (SKX), a global leader in the lifestyle and performance footwear industry recently called “the hottest major (footwear) brand in the U.S.” by Princeton Retail Analysis*, today announced that it filed a lawsuit against Fila U.S.A. Inc. for selling footwear that infringes on the popular SKECHERS GO WALK® product line.
“As we’ve explained previously, SKECHERS has made extensive investment in designing, developing, advertising and patenting our SKECHERS GO WALK® product line and has built SKECHERS GO WALK® into a name and look globally recognized and synonymous with SKECHERS”
The suit, filed in the United States District Court for the Central District of California, seeks compensatory and punitive damages as well as injunctive relief for infringing on SKECHERS’ patent and trade dress rights and for unfair competition and dilution. The suit states that Fila is selling the infringing products under the name Fila Amazen Memory Moc.
“As we’ve explained previously, SKECHERS has made extensive investment in designing, developing, advertising and patenting our SKECHERS GO WALK® product line and has built SKECHERS GO WALK® into a name and look globally recognized and synonymous with SKECHERS,” stated David Weinberg, Chief Operating Officer of SKECHERS. “Competing in the open marketplace is always preferable, but now Fila is selling its infringing footwear to SKECHERS wholesale customers and in other sales channels where SKECHERS GO WALK® is sold, and we believe this is causing us enormous damage. Our investment in SKECHERS GO WALK® requires us to respond in kind to any competitor attempting to gain an unfair advantage over SKECHERS and our retail partners by infringing on one of our most valuable intellectual properties. We will continue to enforce our intellectual property rights against any company that develops footwear that infringes on the patents and trade dress of SKECHERS GO WALK® as well as our other proprietary product lines.”
SKECHERS is being represented in the suit by Marshall Lerner of Kleinberg and Lerner in Los Angeles.
*Matt Powell, April 2014 Footwear Overview
About SKECHERS USA, Inc.
SKECHERS USA, Inc. (NYSE:SKX), based in Manhattan Beach, California, designs, develops and markets a diverse range of lifestyle footwear for men, women and children, as well as performance footwear for men and women. SKECHERS footwear is available in the United States via department and specialty stores, Company-owned SKECHERS retail stores and its e-commerce website, and in over 100 countries and territories through the Company’s international network of subsidiaries in Canada, Brazil, Chile, Japan, and across Europe, as well as through joint ventures in Asia and distributors around the world. For more information, please visit skechers.com, and follow us on Facebook (facebook.com/SKECHERS) and Twitter (twitter.com/SKECHERSUSA).
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