WASHINGTON — Converse Inc. has entered into settlement agreements with two additional companies — Fila USA and Iconix Brand Group — in a broad trademark infringement case pending before the U.S. International Trade Commission, according to ITC documents.
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Converse, owned by Nike Inc., filed a complaint against 32 retailers and manufacturers in October alleging they infringed on some of the brand’s trademarks used in certain shoes. The ITC initiated an investigation against the companies in November.
Several companies, including Tory Burch, Aldo Group, Hennes & Mauritz, Zulily Inc. and Ralph Lauren Corp. have entered into settlement agreements with Converse since the complaint was filed and have agreed to stop importing the allegedly infringing shoes. But Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has vowed to fight the claims.
Among the other major retailers named in the ITC complaint were Kmart and Skechers. Converse also filed lawsuits in federal court against the companies.
Converse claimed in the complaint that all of the defendants have infringed on its iconic midsole trademark design made up of a toe bumper and a toe cap, plus either an upper stripe and/or lower stripe, associated with its “All Star” high-top sneakers that were first introduced in 1917 and renamed “Chuck Taylor” after a Converse salesman and basketball player.
In redacted versions of the separate settlement agreements on the ITC Web site, Fila and Iconix have separately agreed to stop importing the infringing products and cease and desist from manufacturing, advertising, promoting, selling, distributing and supplying them around the world.