Adidas, with its U.S. headquarters in Portland, unveiled the knitted footwear in July, hailing the product — which is stitched together without seams, making it lighter and less waste-producing — as “a first-of-its-kind running shoe.” James Carnes, Adidas’ head of sport performance design, said at the time that Primeknit had been three years in the making.
Nike filed a patent infringement claim in District Court in Nuremberg, Germany, seeking an interim injunction against Adidas, which is based in nearby Herzogenaurach. A judge granted the injunction Monday.
An Adidas spokeswoman on Monday said the company has only just received the court papers, thought it doesn’t typically comment on pending litigation.
Nike issued a statement saying it plans to push for a permanent injunction.
“Nike has a strong heritage of innovation and leadership in footwear design and development. Our patents are the foundation of that leadership and we protect them vigorously,” Nike said in a prepared statement. “In this case, the injunction helps protect the innovative Nike Flyknit footwear technology Nike introduced in February, 2012. We look forward to presenting our case for a permanent injunction to the court.”