USPS Stamps Nike With Legal Action Warning Over USPS-Inspired Sneakers
By Izza Sofia, 05 Apr 2021
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Nike might find itself in legal trouble with the United States Postal Service (USPS) over its upcoming Air Force 1 Experimental sneakers.
The shoes feature design cues resembling USPS’ various Priority Mail boxes, including the signature red, white, and blue color scheme. It also has the shipping label attached to the heel. However, official logos of the USPS aren’t pictured on the shoe.
The postal service has issued a statement saying that it does not receive tax dollars for its operating expenses. The company relies on the sale of postage, products, and service to fund its daily operations.
The company claims that sales from unauthorized and unlicensed products like the upcoming sneakers deny support to individuals who have worked hard in the company.
The postal company has also challenged Nike’s position in protecting its intellectual property, as the sportswear brand recently filed a suit against online stunt group MSCHF over the release of ‘Satan Shoes’ in collaboration with Lil Nas X.
“This is an unfortunate situation where a large brand such as Nike, which aggressively protects its intellectual property, has chosen to leverage another brand for its gain,” USPS says in a statement. “The Postal Service is disappointed in Nike’s lack of response to repeated attempts to come to a solution. The Postal Service will take whatever actions it deems necessary to protect its valuable IP rights.”
To read USPS’ full statement about the shoe design, click here.
The USPS has released a statement regarding Nike's "USPS" Air Force 1 Experimental, announcing its plans to "take whatever actions it deems necessary to protect its valuable IP rights"— Modern Notoriety (@ModernNotoriety) April 2, 2021
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