Aug 4, 2021

Puma Retracts its Claws

In May 2021 we reported on Puma and its High Court appeal in respect of Nike’s pursuit to register “footware” as a UK trade mark. The application was initially filed by Nike at the UKIPO in March 2019. As previously reported, the UK Intellectual Property Office (“UKIPO”) dismissed Puma’s attempt to oppose the registration by Nike.

However, German sportswear brand Puma, which had also filed an opposition in the USA, has now made the decision to officially withdraw its opposition against Nike’s trademark application in the USA. Puma initially claimed the term “footware” is an “ordinary descriptive term for the goods and services.” Further, Puma alleged the term “footware” is a combination of the words “footwear” and either “software” or “hardware”. Nike responded to Puma’s allegations suggesting the word merely refers to tech-driven sneakers.

Although Puma has now withdrawn its opposition in the USA, Puma still has the opportunity to seek intervention from the UK Court of Appeal following the hearing officer's decision in November 2020.

If you have any questions on the above, please do not hesitate to contact the team at McDaniels Law on 0191 281 4000 or legal@mcdanielslaw.com.

Posted by: Megan Walker in: Companies, Legal News, Trade Marks

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