adidas AG and adidas Canada File Suit

    TORONTO, April 2 /CNW/ - Today adidas AG and adidas Canada Limited have
filed a law suit in the Federal Court of Canada against Payless ShoeSource.
The law suit claims, in part, that certain footwear sold by Payless infringes
upon adidas' rights in its Three-Stripes Mark. Internationally, adidas has
vigorously sought to protect its rights in the famous Three-Stripes Mark and
this Canadian law suit marks another step in adidas' continued international
efforts to protect this most important brand symbol.
    Internationally, similar legal disputes between adidas and Payless have
been ongoing for some time now. After almost 7-years of litigation between
adidas and Payless in the United States, the case proceeded to trial last
April. In the United States case, the jury reached a unanimous verdict last
May finding that, for 267 styles of shoes, Payless had willfully infringed
upon the rights of adidas with respect to the Three-Stripes Mark and/or the
Superstar trade dress. The District Court further confirmed the jury's
findings of infringement. This outcome exemplifies the strength and famous
nature of the Three-Stripes Mark. While the United States litigation is now on
appeal, adidas is confident that the Judgment entered in the U.S. District
Court will be upheld.
    While adidas would have preferred to resolve the dispute in Canada
without the need for litigation, it has been unable to do so, and adidas has
now filed this law suit to protect its rights in Canada.

For further information:

For further information: Andrea Corso, adidas, (E), (T) (971) 234-2213

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