Nike Wins Lawsuits Over Fake Chinese Shoes
Caption: BEIJING, CHINA: In this file photo dated 17 October 1997, a vendor smiles at the prospect of making a sale of fake Nike Air shoes for the bargain price of 25 yuan (3 USD) at a Beijing street market. China is amid an all out effort to temporarily clear the Beijing streets of hawkers, small time criminals, prostitutes and beggars ahead of the 50th anniversary of the nation’s communist regime. AFP PHOTO/Robyn BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
Nike has won lawsuits against two Chinese shoemakers and the local operations of a French supermarket chain over alleged illegal copying of its Air Jordan logo, a court official said Tuesday.
The Shanghai No. 2 Intermediate Court awarded Nike Inc., the world’s largest sports apparel company, a total of 350,000 yuan ($46,100) in damages from Jinjiang Longzhibu Shoe Co., Jinjiang Kangwei Shoe Co. and retailer Auchan, the official Xinhua News Agency and other reports said.
A court official reached by phone confirmed the reports. The official, who would not give his name, said he did not know if the local companies planned to appeal and would not provide any other information.
There was no immediate response to requests for comment from Beaverton, Ore. based Nike after business hours. Regardless of laws against commercial piracy, counterfeit copies of most products can be easily found in Chinese stores and markets.
Nike said its employees found shoes made by the companies being sold for about 100 yuan ($13) a pair in outlets operated by the Auchan chain in Shanghai and adidas supercolor the nearby city of Ningbo.