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Nike Sues Adidas, Seeks to Ban U.S. Imports of Primeknit Shoes

Dec. 9, 2021, 12:03 AM

Nike asked a U.S. trade agency to block U.S. imports of a wide range of Adidas Primeknit shoes, saying they are copying the Oregon company’s patented inventions for a knitted fabric that reduces waste without any loss in performance.

  • The complaint, filed Wednesday at the International Trade Commission in Washington, says Nike’s FlyKnit technology was the result of more than a decade of research -- all done in the U.S. -- and “represented the first major technology innovation in footwear uppers in decades”
    • FlyKnit, first introduced before the 2012 London Olympics, uses specialized yarn from recycled and reclaimed materials to ...