Reportedly, Adidas is suing NIKE, Inc. (NKE) over claims that the brand infringed its patents with its mobile applications and shoe-fitting technology. The lawsuit, filed in Texas, claims that Nike’s Run Club, Training Club, and SNKRS mobile apps and Adapt system violate nine Adidas patents for exercise monitoring, and an “intelligent footwear” system.
Features allegedly copied include audio feedback during workouts, GPS tracking, and the creation of training plans. Adidas also informed that the Adapt system, which tightens shoelaces automatically, violates a patent it holds on automatically adjusting shoe cushioning.
In addition, Adidas also claimed that the Confirmed app (that gives customers access to exclusive sneaker releases) was copied by Nike when it launched its SNKRS app.
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