The German sportswear brand Adidas has long defended its famous stripes trademark, having filed over 40 lawsuits in the past against the likes of Abercrombie, Skechers, J. Crew, and Target, among others. Adding to that list, Adidas recently brought suit against Thom Browne (“TB”) for trademark infringement and dilution in the Southern District of New York, alleging that TB is “selling athletic-style apparel and footwear featuring two, three, or four parallel stripes in a manner that is confusing similar to Adidas’s three-stripe mark.” The federal complaint comes on the heels of an unsuccessful mediation between the parties dating back to November 2020. TB countered the allegations in the complaint by contending that Adidas consented for over 10 years and is now changing its mind over TB’s striped apparel and footwear.
Adidas files complaint against Thom Browne Over Stripe BrandingWritten by Jonathan Woodard
Mr. Woodard represents clients in Intellectual Property Litigation. He also has International Law experience, having clerked for the General Counsel of the International Fund in Rome, Italy. Mr. Woodard obtained his law degree, cum laude, from Florida A&M College of Law, where he served as an editor on the law review. He earned his bachelor’s degree from King College as a recipient of a full academic/athletic scholarship as member of the varsity basketball team.