A U.S. inventor, Geoff McCue has filed a lawsuit in the US District Court for the District of Middle Louisiana against Adidas, German Sportswear Corporation for patent infringement.
According to the lawsuit, Geoff McCue alleges that Adidas used his patented shock-absorbing technology in its Futurecraft 4D shoe without permission or authorization.
McCue reportedly said that it owns a patent for an apparatus for damping an applied force which has been registered at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in 2016 with US number 9,271,542.
McCue alleges that Adidas’ Futurecraft 4D shoes containing shock-absorbing features infringe its 542 patent.
The inventor who assigned the patent to the McCue Family Trust reportedly said that a written notice of infringement was sent to Adidas repeatedly in March 2018 and June this year in a bid to get a good faith negotiation but proved abortive.
“Adidas’ continued infringement of the ‘542 patent causes harm to the McCue family trust in the form of price erosion, loss of income, loss of goodwill, damage to reputation, loss of business opportunity, and inadequacy of money damages” McCue reportedly said.
McCue is seeking a permanent injunction preventing Adidas from infringing the ‘542 patent, as well as treble damages, and attorneys’ fees.
The Case is ongoing.
McCue Family Trust v. Adidas America, Inc.
|Judge:||John W Degravelles|
|Court:||Louisiana Middle District Court|
|Nature of Suit:||Patent|
|Case Filed:||November 12, 2019|