1. Nike Defeats Adidas in Long Running Patent Battle

    Nike Defeats Adidas in Long Running Patent Battle

    Nike has come out on top in the latest leg of a long-running web of legal battles with adidas over their respective knitted footwear. After beating out the German sportswear giant before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“PTAB”) in connection with its quest to invalidate a number of claims in two patents for Nike’s heavily-protected Flyknit technology, Nike has been handed a victory from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. 

    A 3-judge panel for the Federal Circuit determined that while adidas does, in fact, have standing to appeal the PTAB’s earlier inter partes review (“IPR”) decision, in which it held that adidas “had not demonstrated that the challenged claims [in Nike’s patents ...

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