Nike Settles Lawsuit with BAPE

BAPE will no longer sell certain models while modifying the designs of others.

UPDATE (04/29/2024):

The Nike vs. BAPE trademark infringement lawsuit has ended as both parties have reached an agreement.

As part of the agreement, BAPE will discontinue the sales of the BAPE STA Mid, the COURT STA, and the COURT STA High models. BAPE will also “modify the designs” of the BAPE STA and SK8 STA models, according to a Nike statement.

Nike and USAPE have resolved the lawsuit related to Nike’s Air Jordan 1, Air Force 1, and Dunk trade dress and USAPE’s BAPE STA, COURT STA, and SK8 STA footwear products.

The lawsuit has been resolved through an amicable resolution.

As part of the resolution, USAPE has agreed to discontinue the BAPE STA Mid, COURT STA, and COURT STA High footwear products, and has further agreed to modify the design of the BAPE STA and SK8 STA footwear products.

Nike statement via Complex

UPDATE (03/06/2024):

Development has been made in the Nike vs. BAPE trademark lawsuit.

On May 17, 2023, BAPE filed a motion to dismiss the case because, according to BAPE, Nike’s trade dress claims lack the legal requirements to uphold a trademark case.

However, the New York Southern District Court dismissed BAPE’s motion on March 4, 2024.

The court explained that Nike’s certificates of registration articulate Nike’s asserted trade dress as it contains “detailed written descriptions as well as diagrams that specifically denote which part of the trade dress are being claimed as distinctive.”

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UPDATE (02/17/2023):

Nearly a month after the initial court filing, BAPE responded to Nike and its trademark lawsuit for dismissal. Additionally, BAPE provided a letter following Nike’s visit to Japan in 2009.

According to the documents provided by BAPE, it states that “Nike’s in-house counsel and Nike’s V.P. of footwear flew to Japan twice to meet with BAPE’s leadership.” Nike followed up the meetings with a proposed licensing agreement and an ask for the brand to stop producing BAPESTAs.

However, BAPE responded with a letter rejecting their licensing proposal as it claims that Nike was insufficient to “expressly spell out for us what claims Nike believes that it could advance against Nowhere/BAPE.”

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Anecdote from BAPE’s dismissal following Nike, Inc.’s trademark lawsuit filing (Image via Sneaker Legal)

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Nike comme des garcons play x nike air force 1 cdg white red on sale nike vapor untouchable pro 3 premium wolf grey silver, Air Jordan 1, and the Nike Dunk in a lawsuit filed on January 25, 2023, against BAPE, accusing them of producing look-a-like shoes.

BAPE, also known as A Bathing Ape, was a pioneer in the Japanese streetwear scene in the early ’90s and expanded with footwear at the turn of the century. For more than two decades, the BAPE STA (which is alleged to be a copy of the nike vapor untouchable pro 3 premium wolf grey silver Low) has been a mainstay in fashion & culture alike due to its shooting star-like logo, eye-catching patent leather, and variations of colors that distinguish itself in the competitive footwear space.

According to court documents, the trademark infringement lawsuit goes after the brand as Nike states that “BAPE’s current footwear business revolves around copying Nike’s iconic designs.”

The lawsuit is the latest from the Oregon-based brand as the Swoosh has been aggressive over its trade dress with lawsuits ranging from Warren Lotas, John Geiger, Kool Kiy, footwear nike joyride dual run cd4365 401 midnight navy black, Li’l Gnar, and others.

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Nike files trademark infringement lawsuit over BAPE sneakers (H/T Sneaker Legal)

In the complaint filed on January 25, 2023, Nike bermuda a trademark infringement and violation over the BAPE STA Mid, SK8 STA, COURT STA High, and COURT STA, which the brand claims are “near verbatim copies” of the nike vapor untouchable pro 3 premium wolf grey silver, Air Jordan 1, and the Nike Dunk.

For years, Nike and BAPE’s overlapping models have existed in the marketplace as the Swoosh indicated that its limited availability and the minimal amount of physical presence in the U.S. as the shoes in circulation were “never more than a small fraction of the millions of pairs Nike sells annually,” the brand said in court documents.

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After a five-year period where BAPE sold a redesigned version of the BAPE STA in low volumes, BAPE returned to its initial infringing BAPE STA design.

Nike, Inc. via court documents

Nike goes on to state that BAPE increased its production and opened several U.S. storefronts beginning in 2021. Additionally, the lawsuit states that Nike notified BAPE of the ongoing PRM and asked the company to stop. BAPE, however, did not comply.

Nike asks BAPE to account for all of the profits earned over the trademark-infringed shoes and to “award three types the amount of compensatory damages and increased profits.”

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