A new shoe based on an old technology: no good news for Nike's Flyknit patent. (C) Adidas

German court rules against Nike’s Flyknit patent

A new shoe based on an old technology: no good news for Nike's Flyknit patent. (C) Adidas

New shoe – old technology. No good news for Nike’s Flyknit patent. (C) Adidas

In a long-lasting patent quarrel, Adidas has won an important legal battle concerning the specific “knitting” technology used in Nike’s Flyknit and the Three Stripes’ corresponding Primeknit products. These techniques make it possible to manufacture one-piece shoe uppers, which make footwear lighter and the manufacturing process simpler. The Federal Patent Court in Munich has now ruled that Nike’s European patent on the technology is obsolete and is to be removed from the German register of patents. Two years ago, on the eve of the London Olympic Games, Nike tried to prevent Adidas from marketing its own version of knit technology footwear. Adidas has argued that the knitting technique is far from innovative as the first constructions of this type were presented as early as 1940.

 

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