Nike is suing 589 internet websites, the owners of 676 social media accounts and far more than 100 unknown businesses and men and women for allegedly offering counterfeit variations of its Nike and Converse sneakers on the internet.
Nike wrote in a lawsuit submitted in the U.S. District Court docket for the Southern District of Manhattan that its emblems “are between the most commonly acknowledged logos in the United States and all over the globe, as nicely as among the most preferred with people. The fame and recognition of plaintiffs’ marks adds monumental benefit to the genuine … Nike products and solutions and Converse merchandise.”
“The defendants, who have no affiliation with Nike or Converse, have attempted to capitalize on the attractiveness of plaintiffs’ marks by producing and advertising and marketing counterfeit products falsely labeled as ‘Nike’ or ‘Converse,’” the company wrote.
Nike alleged that the defendants represent at least 42 networks of counterfeiters that sell bootleg variations of the company’s wares. In addition to suing entities tied to people networks, Nike also sued additional than 100 folks and firms whose names it does not know, referring to them only as “ABC companies” and “John Does.”
The corporation stated its investigators bought counterfeit Air Jordans, Nike Shox Gravity women’s sneakers and much more as section of their probe into the alleged knock-offs.
“The large majority of defendants’ infringing sites have either imprecise or completely phony statements as to the authenticity of the solutions becoming made available for sale,” Nike wrote in court docket papers. “Others declare to promote ‘unauthorized authentic’ Nike or Converse products and solutions that are in fact counterfeit solutions.”
“In other cases, defendants’ infringing web sites freely acknowledge that the products and solutions being available for sale are ‘replica versions of Nike or Converse goods, with ‘replica’ becoming a widespread euphemism utilized to describe counterfeit products,” the company wrote.
Nike accused the defendants of 9 counts of trademark infringement, trademark counterfeiting, trademark cyberpiracy and other illegal actions less than federal and New York Point out legal guidelines.
The firm would like the courtroom to get the defendants to halt all manufacture and sale of counterfeit Nike and Converse products, and to supply all current counterfeits, packaging, advertising and comparable product up for destruction.
Nike also needs the court to get the defendants to hand more than damages equal to triple any profits from unlawful product sales, or up to a statutory utmost of $2 million “for each and just about every Nike and Converse [trademark] that defendants willfully counterfeited and infringed per type of superior offered, offered for sale or distributed.”
It also seeks punitive damages, reimbursement of attorney fees and statutory damages of $100,000 per alleged infringing domain identify.
Getting a Challenging Line In opposition to Alleged Counterfeits
Nike has a very long background of aggressively defending its logos.
Past thirty day period, the corporation achieved a private settlement with streetwear designer Warren Lotas’ brand name after suing for alleged copyright infringement. The company sued right after Lotas commenced presenting what the designer reportedly termed “custom dunks” – footwear allegedly related to the preferred Nike Dunks sneakers.
Women’s Don Day-to-day reported that Lotas called the shoe “an formal reinterpretation” of a “classic” shoe in an Instagram article.
But in a lawsuit submitted in Los Angeles federal court docket, Nike called Lotas a “bad actor” who was basically “promoting and providing fakes of coveted Nike Dunks,” as for every Women’s Use Everyday.
“Nike guards its iconic sneaker models, and its intellectual assets in these types, by rooting out bad actors that undermine the DNA of sneaker lifestyle by advertising and marketing fakes,” the organization wrote in court docket papers.
Neither side disclosed conditions of the settlement, but WarrenLotas.com at present suggests “Site is shut. Thank you for your continued support!”