Adidas is suing Marc by Marc Jacobs, the recently shuttered Marc Jacobs diffusion line, over the sale of sweaters with four stripes running down the arms. In a lawsuit filed recently in Oregon federal court, the German sportswear giant claims the sweaters from the Fall/Winter 2014 collection are infringing its famed three stripe trademark. The sweaters at hand were created by creative directors Katie Hillier and Luella Bartley who have created their own brand in response to Marc by Marc Jacobs’ closure.
Adidas has requested Marc Jacobs immediately and permanently cease all sales, distribution and marketing of the allegedly infringing garments, and to deliver the garments to Adidas so they can be destroyed. In addition Adidas seeks a wide array of damages with an award likely to be in the millions.
According to the lawsuit, Marc Jacobs is trying to benefit from the popularity of Adidas’ iconic three-stripe design, in use…
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