Skechers USA Inc said it will “vigorously defend” the “baseless” patent lawsuit filed by Nike earlier this month.
Nike previously claimed that several sneaker models of Skechers and New Balance misuse its patented Flyknit technology, which uses “high-strength fibres to create lightweight uppers with targeted areas of support, stretch and breathability”.
In response, a Skechers spokesperson said many brands, including Skechers, have been designing and making shoes using knit uppers for years.
“Skechers respects the intellectual property rights of other companies and invests tremendous resources into developing its own unique styles and footwear technology rather than preying on the rights of others.
“Skechers believes that this lawsuit is an example of how Nike uses its vast financial resources to stifle competition rather than compete in the marketplace.”
The brand also believes that Nike uses its market power in an attempt to monopolise the footwear and sports apparel industries.
New Balance previously said that “Nike does not own the exclusive right to design and produce footwear by traditional manufacturing methods that have been used in the industry for decades”.
As part of the lawsuit, Nike is seeking unspecified monetary damages as well as orders to permanently block New Balance and Skechers from infringing on its patents.