SKECHERS Wins Favorable Ruling in Nike Lawsuit

The Chief Administrative Law Judge of the International Trade
Commission Ruled that Skechers’ Famous Twinkle Toes and BOBS Product
Lines Do Not Infringe Converse’s Chuck Taylor Design

a global footwear leader and the second largest athletic footwear brand
in the United States, today announced that it has won an important
ruling over Nike, Inc.’s wholly-owned subsidiary Converse Inc. relating
to the Converse Chuck Taylor shoe.

In October 2014, Converse sued Skechers in federal district court and
before the International Trade Commission (“ITC”) alleging that the
Company’s famous Twinkle Toes and BOBS product lines infringed its Chuck
Taylor midsole common law and registered trademarks. The case went to
trial before the ITC in August 2015.

In a November 17, 2015 opinion, the Chief Administrative Law Judge of
the ITC, the Honorable Charles E. Bullock, ruled that Skechers’ Twinkle
Toes and BOBS product lines do not infringe Converse’s registered
trademark for the Chuck Taylor midsole. In making his ruling, the Judge
noted that both of the Skechers product lines feature prominent branding
and that the Twinkle Toes line contains design features that “create
enough differences that the shoes bearing them cannot be said to be
similar to [the Chuck Taylor].” The Judge also stated that the survey
evidence concluded that there was no likelihood that consumers would
confuse the Skechers designs with those of Converse’s Chuck Taylor

“While we expected this result, we are still very pleased with the
Judge’s ruling on Twinkle Toes and BOBS,” stated Michael Greenberg,
president of Skechers. “Skechers is an ardent brander that spends more
than $100 million a year in advertising for the very purpose of
distinguishing its brands and products from those of its competitors.
Our investment in our distinctive designs and brand identity has helped
build Twinkle Toes into the number one shoe line for young girls and
both Twinkle Toes and BOBS into household names synonymous with Skechers
– not with Converse or any other brand. The Judge’s ruling recognizes

In addition, the Judge ruled that Converse has no common law trademark
rights in the Chuck Taylor midsole because the design is not
distinctive, not famous and has failed to acquire secondary meaning.

Skechers was represented in the matter by Morgan Chu, Samuel Lu, Lindsay
Kelly, Melissa Rabbani and Jad Mills of Irell & Manella; Jeffrey Barker
of O’Melveny & Myers; and Barbara Murphy of Foster, Murphy, Altman &


SKECHERS USA, Inc., based in Manhattan Beach, California, designs,
develops and markets a diverse range of lifestyle footwear for men,
women and children, as well as performance footwear for men and women.
SKECHERS footwear is available in the United States and over 120
countries and territories worldwide via department and specialty stores,
more than 1,200 SKECHERS retail stores, and the Company’s e-commerce
website. The Company manages its international business through a
network of global distributors, joint venture partners in Asia, and 13
wholly-owned subsidiaries in Brazil, Canada, Chile, Japan, Latin America
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Skechers USA, Inc.
Jennifer Clay
VP of Corporate Communications