The recent trend of sneaker-related intellectual property lawsuits continued last week when Nike Inc. accused Wal-Mart Stores Inc. of patent infringement.
In documents filed in federal court in Chicago on Monday, Nike said Wal-Mart has sold shoe designs that violate its patents for its Shox line of sneakers, which feature exposed, shock-absorbing coils in the heel. The Beaverton, Ore.-based sportswear giant filed the Shox patents in 2004. It included sketches from the filings in the suit in side-by-side comparisons with images of the Wal-Mart designs in question, which also feature exposed coils in the heel.
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