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Nike Granted Temporary Injunction Against adidas for Flyknit Patent Infringement

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In addition to the ongoing legal drama between Apple and Samsung, another patent dispute is playing itself out in Nuremberg, Germany. The Nuremberg District Court just awarded Nike with a temporary injunction against adidas over its new adiZero primeknit. Launched by adidas in July 2012, just five months after Nike introduced its innovative Nike Flyknit, the adiZero primeknit not only bear an uncanny resemblance to the Flyknit, so was the marketing strategy behind it. As a result of the court's decision, adidas must stop its production and distribution of the footwear in Germany. But this will not be the last time both companies tussled with one another in the courts. In 2006, Nike filed a patent infringement claim against adidas over its Nike SHOX design. Some months ago, Reebok, now part of adidas, settled out of court over its controversial move on Tim Tebow - New York Jets jersey debacle.