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Buscemi Files Patent Lawsuit Against J/Slides

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There’s new sneaker war in town.

Luxury sneaker brand Buscemi has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against J/Slides for allegedly copying its Spring ’16 bow-embellished leather slip-on sneaker, the 40MM Bow Design.

According to thefashionlaw.com, Buscemi alleges J/Slides of “deliberate, willful, wanton and intentional” infringement. The shoe in question is J/Slide’s Beauty style, a bow-embellished slip-on, which retails for under $200 at Dillard’s and Saks Off 5th.

The Buscemi shoe retails at a much higher price point for around $600 at luxury department stores. Barneys sells a velvet version for $750.

The website reported that Buscemi is now asserting that, “unless enjoined, [J/Slides] will continue to cause irreparable harm” and is seeking damages “including, but not limited to, [Buscemi’s] lost profits, a reasonable royalty, disgorgement of profits received by Defendants, treble damages pursuant to 35 U.S.C. § 284, costs, pre and post judgment interest at the maximum allowable rate, attorneys’ fees.”

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