Although the battle for consumer loyalty between Nike and Adidas is never ending, this lawsuit just crowned a winner.
Adidas recently opposed Nike’s patent for vented sports apparel on the basis that its own designs had first used this patented technology. It turns out that The European Patent Office appeal board declared Nike’s patent as invalid.
Nike’s appeal still had them falling short. The board argued that “the lack of availability of the measurement device mentioned in the independent claims prevents the skilled person from performing and repeating the invention, i.e., from manufacturing the claimed garment.”
Maybe next time, Nike.
Information gathered from The Fashion Law.