NIKE, Inc. filed a complaint against QiLoo International Limited, a Chinese company, on February 6, 2012 (case number 2:2012-cv-00191 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada), alleging infringement of 23 U.S. design patents, listed below.
D361,884 D500,585 D546,541 D578,294
D429,877 D500,917 D547,541 D579,186
D462,830 D523,618 D555,332 D580,636
D475,523 D524,028 D573,338 D580,646
D494,353 D524,529 D573,339 D586,548
D499,247 D532,600 D575,046
All of the patents asserted are directed to shoe designs, and the patent issue dates range from 1995 to 2009. Images of the allegedly infringing QiLoo footwear are shown below (on the right) next to a figure from the particular design patent asserted (on the left).
The complaint further alleges that QiLoo sold or offered to sell the allegedly infringing shoes at World Shoe Association (WSA) trade shows in Las Vegas, Nevada, and that NIKE hand delivered seven notices to QiLoo at those trade shows from 2007-2011 before bringing suit.
This complaint by NIKE follows less than a week after Skechers filed a complaint to enforce footwear design patents, and following Crocs’ successful enforcement of footwear design patents in both federal court and the International Trade Commission (ITC).