It was just a few months ago that Nike took Skechers to court over sneakers that looked strikingly similar to its own Flyknit and Free models, and now the Swoosh is coming for another brand that it says has infringed on many of its patents.
This time around, the company in Nike's crosshairs is China-based Fujian Bestwinn, a brand whose site lives on the notoriously sketchy online marketplace Alibaba. According to the suit, which was picked up by sites like The Fashion Law and Protecting Designs, Nike alleges that Fujian Bestwinn has "made, used, sold, offered to sell, and/or imported into the United States" sneakers that have the "same or substantially similar overall visual impression" of as many as 20 patent-protected Nike designs.
To put it in layman's terms, this brand has completely ripped off a ton of Nike sneakers, including many silhouettes from the Flyknit and Free collections, along with what can only be described as a blatant Roshe knock-off. From the looks of things, Fujian Bestwinn didn't make much of an effort to mask its "inspiration" here—the brand's logo is basically just an upside down Swoosh.
Now, Nike's looking for monetary compensation and calling for Fujian Bestwinn to stop manufacturing and selling the sneakers in question. Although we weren't able to find an update on the outcome of the case, a cursory look through Bestwinn's site shows that all of the infringing sneakers have now been removed.
Take a look at a few of the biggest offenders below.