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Friday, July 12, 2024

Nike Sues Lululemon Over Shoe Patents

  • Nike alleges at least four of Lululemon's footwear products infringe on Nike's patents.
  • Lululemon released its first running shoe in March.

Nike and Lululemon are fighting again.

The shoe giant sued the popular athleisure wear on Monday, alleging that at least four of Lululemon’s footwear products infringe on Nike’s patents, causing it economic harm and irreparable injury.

  • Lululemon’s Chargefeel (Mid and Low), Blissfeel, and Strongfeel sneakers are the products referenced.
  • Blissfeel — the company’s first running shoe — was released in March at a price point of $148.

The three patent claims focus on textiles, including tubular structures, knitted elements, and webbed areas, as well as performance. Nike is seeking unspecified damages. 

“Nike’s claims are unjustified, and we look forward to proving our case in court,” a Lululemon spokesperson said.

Lululemon, which reported $1.9 billion in third-quarter revenue, is expected to unveil men’s footwear this year.

Patent Aggressive 

It’s not the first time the companies have fought over patent infringements.

Nike sued Lululemon in January 2022, alleging the latter’s sale and distribution of the Mirror Home Gym and mobile apps infringed on six patents. 

Nike, which is seeking triple damages in the case, claimed it invented a device using technology that determines speed, calories, distance, and time — and noted similarities with the Mirror.

Lululemon refused to stop producing and selling the product after receiving a letter from Nike in November 2021 informing it of the claim.

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