Converse is suing Steve Madden for allegedly infringing upon the brand’s Run Star Hike sneaker design.
Lawyers acting on behalf of the shoe company have accused the team at Steven Madden Ltd. of copying a creation that debuted back in September 2018 at London Fashion Week, and went on sale in the U.S. in February last year.
The sneakers feature a chunky platform and jagged rubber sole, and according to Converse bosses, they’re an “unexpected twist” on the brand’s iconic Chuck Taylor sneakers.
“Converse is a leading producer of original sneaker designs. One of its unique designs is the Run Star Hike. Steve Madden also sells sneakers, but instead of innovating its own designs, it often copies others,” the lawsuit, filed at the Massachusetts District Court, reads. “Steve Madden recently started selling sneakers that copy Converse’s unique Run Star Hike design.”
According to Converse’s legal team, Steve Madden has released “multiple shoes” that infringe upon its patents, including the Madden Girl Winnona Flatform High-Top, as well as the Steve Madden Shark sneaker.
The label holds two patents for the Run Star Hike design, which they claim are “integral to Converse’s success moving forward”.
The filing also stated that the firm had sent multiple requests to Madden since March, demanding that the brand “immediately stop infringing” on their designs, but the designer has reportedly refused their requests.
Converse executives are seeking monetary damages.
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