Why did the Japanese shoe maker follow suit and follow suit?
The Japanese shoe company Ninja said it would follow the US Supreme Court’s lead by suing Nike for infringing on its trademark on the shoes and the shark suit suit it wore to the court.
The two companies are locked in a legal battle over trademark rights, which the Japanese company has asserted is worth billions of dollars.
The suits were filed last week in New York.
Nike is the world’s biggest sports shoe company, with brands such as the LeBron James and Adidas shoes.
It also owns the trademark for the term “follow suit”.
Ninja, the company’s main rival in the global sports shoe market, sued Nike last year, accusing it of copying its shoes and design.
Ninja said it was trying to protect its trademark from an impending lawsuit by the US government.
It filed suit in January against the US for copying its design of a shoe with the logo “Follow suit” that has become a trademark of the American company.
The US has said the design of the shoe is “fair use” and does not infringe the Japanese mark.
Ninjas lawsuit comes just days after a US court ruled in favour of the company in a similar case involving the trademark infringement.