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Skechers U.S.A., Inc. v. NIKE, Inc.

Skechers U.S.A., Inc. v. NIKE, Inc. Nos. IPR2016-00870, IPR2016-00871, IPR2016-00872, IPR2016-00874, IPR2016-00875, IPR2016-01043, IPR2016-01044 and IPR2016-01045, at the USPTO Patent Trial and Appeal Board.

In a set of decisions on September 29, 2016, and November 16, 2016, the PTAB denied all eight petitions for inter partes review filed by Skechers, aimed at invalidating design patents owned by Banner & Witcoff client NIKE. The design patents-at-issue, prosecuted by Banner & Witcoff, relate to popular NIKE FREE outsole and FLYKNIT upper designs that each appear on various NIKE shoe models, year after year, in dozens of different color combinations.

Banner & Witcoff attorneys Christopher J. Renk, Audra C. Eidem Heinze and Kurt C. Riester represented NIKE in these matters.

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