NEW YORK — Leaper Footwear filed a lawsuit on Oct. 1 in a federal court in Utah against Nike Inc. and Apple Inc. for alleged patent infringement. According to the complaint, Leaper alleged that Nike and Apple violated its trademark for footwear that measures the performance of a person, such as running speed or distance traveled. Leaper said in the court document that it pitched the idea to Nike regarding its patented technology in 2000, but Nike at the time said it had no interest. Leaper alleged in the lawsuit that the Nike and Apple joint "Nike + iPod Sport Kit" infringes on its patent. The Sport Kit is a wireless system that allows Nike footwear to communicate with an iPod Nano music player, the court document said. "Nike is aware of the plaintiff's claim but will not comment upon the merits at this time. With over 30 million miles already logged by runners using Nike +, we remain focused on improving the experience for all those who visit the site and use the product," said a company spokesman. Apple did not return calls for comment by press time.
Burberry Ltd. and Wolff Shoe Co. are involved in legal disputes in two separate federal districts over use of a plaid design on shoes. Both parties have been disputing the issue since 2003. Wolff Shoes filed an action in a federal court in St. Louis Sept. 25 seeking declaratory judgment that its plaid does not infringe on Burberry's trademark. Burberry Ltd. subsequently filed its own lawsuit Sept. 28 against Wolff Shoe Co. in a Manhattan federal court for alleged trademark infringement of its check design. Burberry claimed the Wolff pattern infringes on its own signature check design. The Burberry lawsuit's allegations include federal and state trademark and trade dress infringement, false designation of origin, dilution, likelihood of injury to business reputation, unfair competition and unjust enrichment. Burberry asked the court for an injunction, damages and trial costs.
Karam Prasad, who does business as Bishop of Seventh, and Caché Inc. reached a settlement in a lawsuit over use of a back pocket design for jeans. According to legal documents filed in a Manhattan federal court on Sept. 26, the two parties agreed to a final judgment granting a consent injunction. Under the terms of the judgment Caché was permanently enjoined from infringing on Bishop of Seventh's Besom Pocket Stretch Jean design. The action was dismissed with prejudice and both parties will bear their own trial costs. No financial settlement was outlined in the judgment.Cartier, a division of Richemont North America Inc., and Cartier International N.V. won a final judgment on consent in a lawsuit against Bidz.com, David Zinberg, Nisimov Watch Co. and Alon Nisimov. According to legal documents, the parties agreed to a settlement. The monetary terms of the settlement were not disclosed. Under the stipulations of the judgment, the defendants are prohibited from infringing on Cartier's Tank Divan trade dress and other designs. The judgment was entered on Sept. 19 by a Manhattan federal district court.
In his new book “Hollywood Royale,” Andy Warhol’s Protégé Matthew Rolston celebrates the Eighties revival of Hollywood glamour. Featuring more than 100 portraits taken by Rolston from 1977 to 1993, the book contains photos of icons like Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, and @drewbarrymore, pictured here in 1991. “Hollywood Royale,” out today, will be accompanied by an exhibition opening at Los Angeles’ Fahey/Klein Gallery on March 1. #wwdeye
"Nowadays when life is not so happy with everything going on in the world, I think people come to me for a little bit of whimsy and color and fun." - Designer Rebecca De Ravenel on her cult-favorite jewelry line. (📸 : @vsteves) #wwd40
“Everyone is talking about how the retail industry is struggling, but I think it’s an incredible time because brands who are doing something different and innovative are setting themselves up for the future,” said @adamgoldston, who founded the luxury athletic brand @apl with his brother @ryangoldsten. The Goldston’s are part of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables. See the rest of the list on WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
@eyeswoon blogger Athena Calderone debuted her first-ever cookbook, “Cook Beautiful,” which is heavily centered on the presentation and visual expression of food. Pictured here are her miso glazed carrots from the book. Get the recipe on WWD.com. (📷: @johnny_miller_) #wwdeye
“It’s passion that helps get anybody to a certain point and it’s what’s propelled me,” said Kith founder @ronniefieg, one of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables who are changing the face of retail, fashion and beauty. Fieg, who opened a Manhattan flagship on October 7, began his career at age 13 as a stock boy and salesman for footwear chain David Z. “I think staying true to [my] beliefs, hard work and passion have gotten me to where [Kith] is today.” See the rest of the 40 at WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
25-year-old @samweaving is about to break out this fall, starring in Netflix’s horror film “The Babysitter,” fittingly out today on Friday the 13th. That’s not the only place you’ll be seeing her, though — Weaving’s got a role Showtime’s “SMILF” and another alongside Frances McDormand and Woody Harrelson in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” Though she’s got a full plate at the moment, there’s one role she’s got her eye on: Marilyn Monroe. “I’m a little too young at the moment, but it’s on my bucket list,” the actress told WWD (📷: @dandoperalski) #wwdeye
BFF's Poppy Jamie and Suki Waterhouse celebrated the launch of their bag line Pop x Suki at Nordstrom last night. "The line is really about our friendship, and how we are so different but complement each other," said Waterhouse. 👯 (📷: Katie Jones) #wwdeye
After designing the new @louisvuitton and @bulgariofficial flagships and a @chanelofficial boutique opening in Japan, @petermarinoarchitect has another project on his plate: The Lobster Club. Located in the Seagram Building, it’s the famed architect’s first restaurant project in New York, serving up modern Japanese brasserie-style cuisine. Bronze hues, bespoke material detailing, blush and chartreuse tones and a heavy emphasis on Picasso can be seen throughout. Mark your calendars for Nov. 1 for the much-anticipated opening. (📷: @clint_spaulding) #wwdeye
Did you know: @carlychaikin of "Mr. Robot" has been painting for about a decade? The actress, who plays Darlene on the show, is a self-taught artist who lists Salvador Dalí and Chuck Close as some of her idols. Chaikin told WWD that painting is a form of meditation for her — A much-needed one given the intensity of "Mr. Robot." See a piece Chaikin is working on at WWD.com (📷: @jilliansollazzo) #wwdeye