LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Skechers USA, Inc., The Comfort Technology CompanyTM, announced today that it has sued Laforst Shoes, Inc. for patent infringement of its proprietary Skechers Hands Free Slip-ins® designs. The lawsuit was filed in the United States District Court for the Central District of California.
In 2023, Laforst introduced a footwear style which incorporates multiple designs that infringe upon five separate Skechers patents for its novel and highly successful Skechers Hands Free Slip-ins® footwear.
Michael Greenberg, president of Skechers, stated: “Skechers invests tremendous resources into product development to introduce fresh, unique and exciting footwear to its customers year in and year out. It is disappointing that Laforst has chosen to copy multiple Skechers-patented designs. While Skechers always prefers to compete in the marketplace rather than the courtroom, the Company has no choice but to seek legal recourse when competitors blatantly tread on our rights. Skechers will continue to aggressively police and enforce its proprietary rights to Skechers Hands Free Slip-ins® designs and technologies.”
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Skechers U.S.A., Inc. (NYSE:SKX), a Fortune 500® company based in Southern California, designs, develops and markets a diverse range of lifestyle and performance footwear, apparel and accessories for men, women and children. Collections from The Comfort Technology Company™ are available in over 180 countries and territories through department and specialty stores, and direct to consumers through digital stores and over 4,700 Company- and third-party-owned physical retail stores. The Company manages its international business through a network of wholly-owned subsidiaries, joint venture partners, and distributors. For more information, please visit about.skechers.com and follow us on Facebook, Instagram and TikTok.
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