February 4, 1992
Nike Wins Round in Court: A federal judge has ruled that Nike Inc. did not violate a preliminary injunction when its Side 1 fitness shoes appeared in the movie "Father of the Bride." The judge ruled last week that the company's Side 1 logo, the object of a $10-million trademark infringement lawsuit, did not appear in the movie starring Steve Martin and thus did not violate the preliminary injunction won last year by a Pasadena sportswear company. Nike, based in Beaverton, Ore.
December 28, 1991 |
Nike and L.A. Gear Settle: The athletic shoe companies said they settled federal suits that they filed against each other in California and Oregon. Beaverton, Ore.-based Nike agreed to dismiss its claim that Marina del Rey-based L.A. Gear's CATAPULT shoe technology infringes on Nike patents. L.A. Gear agreed to drop a counterclaim contending that Nike engaged in anti-competitive conduct. Under the settlement, neither company will compensate the other, the firms said.
June 11, 1991 |
An inventor has sued Nike Inc., claiming that the manufacturing giant swiped his air-cushion sole invention when it marketed the Air Jordan sneaker. Charles Petrosky, 73, of Arlington, Va., filed suit in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, seeking royalties and penalties from Nike. Petrosky's lawyer said his client patented an air-cushion sole in 1978 and tried to sell the idea to Nike long before it first marketed the Air Jordan in the 1980s.
March 2, 1991 |
L.A. Gear's ad agency has given the sneaker maker the boot. The Los Angeles office of BBDO Worldwide on Friday said it was resigning the account primarily because of creative and strategic differences. The loss of its ad agency--which L.A. Gear named with great hoopla just three months ago--represents yet another in a series of blows the once high-flying Marina del Rey firm has suffered recently. Earlier this week rival Nike Inc. sued L.A.