John Geiger GF-01 Kenneth Anand Lawyer Nike Trial
After making a public statement on Instagram in response to
“John Geiger has produced a high-end sneaker that is materially different from the Air Force 1 in design, quality, price and positioning,” Anand explains of the case. “There can be no risk of confusion between the two. It is well known that the Air Force 1 has been a source of inspiration for many brands of footwear. Nike cannot selectively apply its trade dress against certain designers just because they think they are going to turn around and settle down. At some point, it has to stop.
Elsewhere on his team is Vivek Jayaram – the founder of Jayaram Law – who also chose to make a statement. “I founded this company in 2009 to protect and advance the rights of creators,” Jayaram says. “John Geiger is an innovative designer who has developed a valuable portfolio of his own intellectual property that is adored by consumers around the world. Nike’s trade dress infringement allegations are exaggerated and reflect a fundamental misunderstanding from a consumer’s perspective of John’s coveted GF-01. We will vigorously defend these baseless claims.
Sean Davis, CEO and Founding Partner of John Geiger LLC. also commented on his intentions to move forward in this dispute. “A lot of people in our situation would be looking for the cheapest and easiest way to resolve conflict,” says Davis. “But in this scenario, John and I welcome the opportunity to champion our brand, and we look forward to seeing this long process come to an end.”
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