Hermes settles Skechers patent lawsuit over shoe soles in NY – ET Retail

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French luxury fashion house Hermes International SCA has settled a lawsuit brought by Skechers USA Inc that claimed Hermes sneakers infringed Skechers‘ patent rights, according to a Wednesday filing in Manhattan federal court.

The filing said the two sides signed a confidential settlement agreement on Monday. Representatives for the companies did not immediately respond to requests for comment and additional details.

Manhattan Beach, California-based Skechers sued Hermes last year, alleging its Eclair and Envol sneakers infringe two Skechers design patents covering the undulating “Massage Fit” soles in its “Go Walk” walking shoes.

Skechers said the soles of Hermes’ shoes were “substantially the same” as its soles and requested an unspecified amount of money damages.

Hermes did not respond to the allegations in court.

Skechers has also sued Fila, Reebok, Steve Madden and other shoemakers in the past for infringing “Go Walk” design patents, in cases that later settled.

  • Published On Apr 28, 2023 at 04:13 PM IST

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