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Adidas loses 4-stripe trademark lawsuit against Thom Browne Inc.

Adidas loses 4-stripe trademark lawsuit against Thom Browne Inc.

Adidas has lost a trademark infringement lawsuit against luxury fashion brand Thom Browne Inc.

According to WWD, Adidas is seeking nearly $8 million in damages and compensation from Thom Browne. The company indicated that it would continue to fight to prevent Thom Browne from using the parallel stripe design, which has been used several times in the luxury brand’s history.

Thom Browne was sued by Adidas in 2021. Adidas stated that their “four-bar signature” and other products with parallel stripes infringed on their own well-known trademarks. Brown, a highly creative designer known for her dramatic runway shows, began selling clothes in 2001 at a boutique in Manhattan.

Adidas argued that the brown stripes could be confusing to customers. Brown’s legal team, in turn, argued that the two companies are not direct competitors and do not serve the same market. His lawyers also argued that the stripes are a common design.

Adidas said, “It was important to fight and tell my story,” Browne told The Associated Press. “And I think it’s more important and bigger than me, because I think I was fighting for every designer that creates something and has a bigger company come after them later.”

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