Copycat Kicks? Skechers Takes On Steve Madden
Once again, Skechers is taking issue with designer Steve Madden over a pair of sneakers. The two brands previously went toe-to-toe over patent infringement in 2011, and that case settled out of court. The current complaint alleges the Steven by Steve Madden “Setta” shoe design infringes seven design patents owned by Skechers related to its “Go Walk” line. There are definitely similarities between the shoe designs. However, in order to decide if patent infringement occurred, the jury would have to decide whether an ordinary observer would believe the Steve Madden design is substantially the same as Skechers’ patented design.
Curious as to how many design patents Skechers has? Read more about Patent Infringement.
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