John Geiger challenges Nike’s Air Force 1 trademark infringement lawsuit
Earlier this week, Geiger filed a lengthy document in response to each of Nike’s complaints. Previously, Nike said the GF-01 sneakers, allegedly made by La La Land Production, violated the Air Force 1’s trademark design. simply created a GF-01 prototype based on the design provided by Geiger.”
The majority of Geiger’s defense rests on Nike’s trademark sartorial registration which focuses on the exterior of the shoe, including stitching, eyelets, paneling and the ridged pattern outsole. The report also states that since Nike released modified versions of the Air Force 1s, its trademark protections are too vague. In a direct comparison between the two shoe models, Geiger highlights the differences in the toe box, midsole, outsole, and lack of Nike branding. Geiger also claims that the GF-01 is made with premium leather, which is considered more luxurious than what Nike offers, hence its higher price. Geiger also mentioned that other brands, including BAPE, Kappa and Tommy Hilfiger, have created shoes similar to the AF1s and noted that Nike has yet to file a lawsuit against them. When Geiger asked for Nike’s original lawsuit to be dismissed, he released the lawsuit as an NFT earlier this month.
The lawsuit between John Geiger and Nike will go to court later this week in California.
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