U.S. News | Designer Rocco Giordano Sues Nike and Michael Jordan for Trademark Infringement

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A New York-based fashion designer, Rocco Giordano has filed a lawsuit in the New York Southern District Court against Nike and Michael Jordan for trademark and copyright infringement.

The plaintiff alleges that the defendants stole a logo design for use in a line of NBA All-Star Weekend apparel earlier this year without permission or authorization.

The plaintiff claimed that its six-point star logo was created in 2000 and obtained a trademark for the design in 2012 which has gained popularity as it was showcased on national television as well as at pop-up stores for Giordano’s brand in New York City.

The plaintiff reportedly said that the defendants used a six-pointed star design, “Orange Line” which was identical to the logo used by Giordano’s brand, Faded Royalty.

“Giordano did not, and has not, transferred his copyright interest in the six-points logo to Nike in any capacity whatsoever and was flabbergasted to learn that the fruits of his labor were being used without his consent for profits by one of the largest apparel companies in the world,” the plaintiff reportedly said in the lawsuit.

The plaintiff reportedly said that the infringement has caused lots of damages, confusion, and unfair competition.

The case is pending.

Giordano et al v. Nike Inc. et al

Judge: Analisa Torres
Court: New York Southern District Court
Case #: 1:20-cv-04975
Nature of Suit: Trademark
Cause: Trademark Infringement
Case Filed: June 29, 2020
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