Nike V Adidas


A judge has ordered Adidas AG to temporarily stop producing and distributing its “Primeknit” footwear in Germany after Nike Inc filed a patent infringement claim.

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.”

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