Manhattan Beach, CA—Don’t step on Skechers USA’s toes. On Thursday, the athletic footwear company said it filed a lawsuit against larger rival Adidas AG’s Reebok International Ltd, alleging “infringement of patents” related to Skechers’ Go Walk footwear.
The suit seeks compensatory and punitive damages and injunctive relief for infringing Skechers’ patents and design rights as well as for unfair competition
Skechers also said it would take similar action against any retailer that sells Reebok’s Walk Ahead RS shoes.
Reebok refused comment on pending legal matters.
Skechers’ Go Walk range starts at $40 for girls and around $60 for men and women. Reebok’s Walk Ahead RS women’s shoes sell between $42.00 and $54.99.
Skechers filed the lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.
Adidas, the world’s No.2 sportswear maker behind Nike , had in February sued Under Armor Inc in a U.S. court over alleged infringement of patents governing fitness training and tracker devices.
Adidas, which has been losing market share to Nike, saw its share reduced to 10.8% as Nike’s rose to 15%, according to data from Euromonitor, a market research firm.
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