Adidas accuses Nike of copying some of its technologies, according to a lawsuit filed last week.
In a lawsuit filed in a Texas district court on June 10, Adidas claimed that Nike “knowingly and intentionally” infringed nine patents related to Adidas’ proprietary athletic technology. The lawsuit names Nike’s Run Club app, Nike Training Club app and Nike SNKRS app as allegedly containing infringing materials. The complaint also challenges Nike’s software connections that connect to its shoes through a remote device, which is featured in Nike Adapt, HyperAdapt and the Nike Mag 2016.
“Adidas has long been a leader in mobile technology, including technology related to mobile fitness and mobile shopping,” Adidas claims in the lawsuit. “Adidas was the first in the industry to comprehensively bring data analytics to athletes.”
Claiming that it was damaged beyond repair by Nike’s breach, Adidas sought to be awarded an amount to compensate for Nike’s breach.infringing activities” which are “no event less than a reasonable royalty”.
FN has contacted Nike and Adidas for comment.
The lawsuit marks the latest marquee battle between the two giants. In December, Nike asked the International Trade Commission to block the import of Primeknit shoes from Adidas, saying the shoes violated Nike’s Flyknit patents.
Separately, the two companies have also been involved in their own patent lawsuits with other brands. Nike filed a lawsuit against StockX in February, alleging the resale sneaker market was using Nike-branded logos and products to try to enter the NFT or non-fungible token market. the Swoosh also accused Lululemon Athletica Inc. of patent infringement related to its Mirror home fitness device and other apps in a lawsuit filed in January.
In July, Milkcrate Athletics sued Adidas North America for alleged copyright and trademark infringement.