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Converse files suit over infringement of Chuck Taylor shoes

Posted Oct 15, 2014 by Nate Smith
United States shoemaker Converse has filed suit against more than two dozen companies alleging those businesses have copied the design of the popular Chuck Taylor shoe.
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The shoe manufacturer, which is owned by Nike, has filed 22 lawsuits against 31 different companies, charging famous Chuck Taylor is being ripped off and sold in store like Wal-Mart and K-Mart, according to the New York Times.
The lawsuit was filed in a U.S. court in Brooklyn, and includes international companies based in Australia, Italy, China, Japan and Canada, BBC reported.
Converse also wants the International Trade Commission to ban imports and sales of the alleged Chuck Taylor imitation shoes.
Converse chief executive Jim Calhoun said the company welcomed fair competition, but "we do not believe companies have a right to copy the Chuck's trademarked look," according to BBC.
Converse shoes hit the market in 1917, featuring a star-logo patch near the ankle, the shoes were given their name by basketball star Chuck Taylor, whose endorsement of the footwear helped pave the way for athlete-endorsed sneakers, according to the Huffington Post.
The canvas, rubber-toed shoes transformed by the 1980s from athletic shoes to chosen footwear of rock musicians.
Popularity waned for a time, however, and Converse went bankrupt by the 1990s.
Nike purchased the brand in 2003 and attempted to breathe new life into the Chuck Taylor shoe.