Sunday, November 04, 2012
adizero primeknit: adidas win court injunction
adidas may be able to sell their adizero Primeknit running shoe with flat knitted upper in Germany from next month after a court ruled that a temporary injunction brought by rival Nike is not sustainable. In late September, Nike was granted an interim injunction against adidas for patent infringement by adidas’ adizero Primeknit shoe which it released in July. The patent or patents in question protect Nike’s revolutionary Flyknit shoe range which have seamlessly knitted uppers produced on Stoll flat knitting machines. The injunction halted the sale and production of the adidas product, arguing that the shoe was a copy of Nike’s Flyknit shoe, which launched in February. Both shoes are produced on flat knitting machines in the same factory in Germany. Adidas counter the technology involved in making the shoe's upper from fused yarn has been around since the 1940. After hearing the adidas’ case the Nuremberg court set aside the injunction.