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Reebok engineering protects the most famous metatarsals and phalanges in the world. Sterne Kessler patents and copyrights protect the Reebok brand worldwide.
For more than 20 years, Reebok International Ltd. has made us their exclusive patent and technology counsel and entrusted us with the protection of their state of the art shoe technology. It began with the patent applications for THE PUMP® technology and has lead to a shoe empire known for their envious comfort and style design.
Utility Patents: Sterne Kessler has been successful in enforcing THE PUMP® patent throughout the entire footwear industry as well as defending against patent attacks by third parties. For example, in Stutz Motor Car of America v. Reebok International Ltd., Stutz sued Reebok for patent infringement and trade secret misappropriation. Our skilled litigators filed a successful motion for Summary Judgment which was affirmed at the Federal Circuit. While Reebok has successfully enforced their patent, their competitors have seen their attempts to enforce patents against THE PUMP® technology fail. Reebok has triumphed in more than a dozen cases involving inflatable shoes. Several of these cases were successfully defended at the Federal Circuit.
Trademarks: In Payless ShoeSource, Inc. v. Reebok International Ltd., the court was asked to consider the possibility of post-sale confusion. The finding in favor of Reebok was one of the first instances of post-sale confusion being considered in a trademark case.
Design Patents: Sterne Kessler has had over fifty design patent enforcement matters for the Reebok family. One of the more unique cases was Reebok International Ltd. v. J. Baker. In that case, involving the SHAQ shoe, the District Court denied Reebok's request for a preliminary injunction. Reebok filed a motion with the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit asking the Court to issue an injunction pending appeal. This motion was granted. To our knowledge this is one of the only cases in which the Federal Circuit has granted an injunction pending appeal.