Footwear design John Geiger and multinational corporation Nike have come to an agreement over a trade mark dispute.
Geiger claims the parties have amicably settled the dispute. Geiger has allegedly agreed to modify the design of his GF-01 shoes. Nike initially issued proceedings against Geiger for trade mark infringement, claiming the GF-01 used “Nike’s registered Air Force 1 trade dress”. Nike claimed confusion on the part of the consumer and that Geiger was capitalising on Nike’s reputation to market his shoes.
This isn’t the first time Nike have issued proceedings for trade mark infringement. Back in early 2021, Nike alleged Customs By Ilene Inc. were infringing on its trade mark. Nike takes the protection of its brand seriously so it will be interesting to see how many others will face the wrath of Nike.
It is to be seen how Geiger plans to redesign his GF-01 trainer. No doubt the fresh kicks will be dropping soon!
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