Adidas isn’t willing to accept that Nike deserves legal ownership of a technology for manufacturing knitted uppers for athletic shoes.Adidas has been fighting since 2012 to overturn a Nike patent on its Flyknit technology, which is purportedly unique in that it creates a double-layered knit upper for athletic shoes in a cylindrical shape without the usual seams that then attaches to a sole. In October, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office sided with Nike in upholding its patent.But Adidas isn’t taking that as the final word on the matter and in late November filed an appeal of the decision with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, which handles all appeals of PTAB decisions and issues, regardless of court jurisdiction.In a standard docketing statement made on Wednesday to get the appeal under way, Adidas urged the appellate court to reverse the underlying rejection of its claim that Nike’s Flyknit technology is simply unpatentable.The appeal has not yet been fully briefed, but in its arguments at the PTAB, Adidas relied mainly on the idea that a majority of the Nike’s patent claims have been described in earlier patents — one from 1994 and another from 1974 — making it “obvious” and essentially not novel enough to secure a patent. The German company also argued that any person with “a few years” in the footwear manufacturing industry would be able to make such knit shoes, according to court records. This “person of ordinary skill” angle is a standard argument in patent disputes.The Federal Appeals Court is Adidas last chance to undermine the Flyknit patent. Representatives of Nike and Adidas could not be reached for comment on the appeal.Nike received the patent in 2004 and continued to develop what’s come to be known as Flyknit before releasing in 2012 in an initial line of shoes under the brand, after launching at that year’s Olympic Games in London. The company has consistently churned out new shoes, making use of the purported innovation since, and earlier this year, it brought the knit style to apparel for the first time with a new sports bra.When Nike released the first Flyknit Racer shoe, it touted the technology’s many benefits, like being very lightweight while “creating the feeling of a second skin,” and reducing waste with the novelty of a “one-piece upper” that doesn't need multiple materials or cuts.For More, See:Nike, Under Armour, Lululemon Facing Dwindling Ath-leisure TrendForever 21 Cites Dozens of Brands in Fight Over Gucci StripesWal-Mart Again Faces Allegations of Pay Discrimination in New Class Action
In honor the @CFDA’s announcement of @iamnaomicampbell receiving the Fashion Icon Award at the 2018 #CFDAAwards, which will take place on June 4, here’s a #tbt of the supermodel on @michaelkors’ runway in 1991. #wwdfashion #wwdarchive (📷: George Chinsee)
“I was making the guacamole when my scout saw me,” says model @stuckinteenage on being discovered just six months ago while working at @chipotlemexicangrill. Since then Williams has signed with @dnamodels, walked in her first show at @calvinklein and landed on the cover of @vogueitalia – a high point of any model’s career. To read @lisajlockwood’s full interview with the model on her experiences thus far, head to WWD.com – link in bio. (📷: George Chinsee)
“I love the idea of dialogue, period. It’s where I’ve always gotten my inspiration from: hearing other women speak, their journeys and their paths,” said @hereisgina, who delivered the keynote speech during @sxsw for @createcultivate in partnership with @fossil. For her two panels, Rodriguez chose female empowering, female-led and female entrepreneurs to focus on. Head to WWD.com to read more about her thoughts on Time’s Up, growing up in a family of women and why we “need a girls’ club.” #wwdeye #sxsw (📷: @jgreenery)
Leading luxury brand are shaking things up to keep up with streetwear. Case in point: the arrival of @mrkimjones as artistic director of @diorhomme. Jones, who succeeds @Kris_Van_Assche, is seen as one of the handful of designers who can actually straddle the luxury and streetwear worlds — which could lead to even more changes at established brands. What could this mean for the rest of the menswear landscape? Head to WWD.com to find out what experts predict #wwdfashion (📷: @franckmura)
“It’s like buying groceries. You’re going to buy the best mango, the best mozzarella, the best things. You have to, or others are going to take it all,” said @gabrielahearst on why she uses only the finest fabrics. Last week, Hearst received her first @cfda nomination for Womenswear Designer of the Year, and earlier this month she opened a permanent showroom in Paris. To read @jessiredale’s interview with the designer and find out why this is shaping up to be a big year for her, head to WWD.com. #wwdfashion (📷: @francoisgoize)
“It’s an interesting thing, playing a younger version of your mother. It’s an interesting concept. I adore my mom and love her in every capacity, but it was just something that had never crossed my mind,” says @anniemstarke on playing a young Joan Castleman in “The Wife.” The same role will be played by her mother Glenn Close. Read more about her growing up in the film industry as the daughter of producer John H. Starke and Close and what she has planned for the future #wwdeye (📷: @nataliamantini)
@asics is launching a new streetwear sneaker inspired by its latest ambassador, @steveaoki. The Hyper-Kenzen x Aoki, which will launch at @footlocker stores exclusively tomorrow, is a slip-on style that incorporates the brand’s proprietary Gel technology through beads integrated into the midsole for comfort and endurance. Read the full story on WWD.com.