NIKE WINS PATENT INFRINGEMENT SUIT AGAINST WAL-MART

BEAVERTON, Ore. — Nike Inc. has won a $6 million judgment against Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and a supplier, Hawe Yue Inc., for copyright infringement.
Nike said the U.S. District Court for the eastern district of Virginia ordered Wal-Mart and Hawe Yue to pay Nike a combined total of $6 million for infringement of Nike’s design patent on its Air Mada outdoor shoe.
Nike said it believed the ruling was the highest judgment ever for design patent infringement.
Nike’s general counsel, Paul Kelly, said “this case illustrates the actions Nike will take to protect the creative efforts of its designers and developers.”
The court also entered an injunction prohibiting Wal-Mart and its supplier from selling any more of the infringing shoes.
A Wal-Mart spokesman said the discounter had not yet decided whether to appeal the verdict.
The spokesman noted that Wal-Mart had no role in the design of the item in question.
He said Hawe Yue is a longtime supplier of Wal-Mart and the item in question was just one of the lines that is offered to Wal-Mart.

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