Lifestyle and performance brand Skechers USA announced on Thursday that it has filed a federal lawsuit against Fila USA for infringing upon the patents and design of its Go Walk product range. The product in question is Fila’s Amazen Memory Moc shoe. Skechers claims that side-by-side image comparison show both products as slip-on shoes with similar stitching and thick white sole.
The suit, filed in the United States District Court for the Central District of California, seeks compensatory and punitive damages as well as injunctive relief for infringing on Skechers’ patent and trade dress rights and for unfair competition and dilution.
In June, Skechers filed a similar lawsuit against Reebok International Ltd. claiming Reebok’s Walk About slip-on infringed against the Go Walk shoe. Reebok has since removed the shoe from its e-commerce site.
David Weinberg, chief operating officer of Skechers, said the company’s investment in Skechers Go Walk requires it to respond to any competitor attempting to gain an unfair advantage over Skechers and its retail partners. “Competing in the open marketplace is always preferable, but now Fila is selling its infringing footwear to Skechers wholesale customers and in other sales channels where Skechers Go Walk is sold, and we believe this is causing us enormous damage,” he added.