Reebok faces a pair of lawsuits claiming it infringed on patents for an athletic shoe and lacrosse sticks.

Reebok is target of a pair of patent lawsuits


Reebok faces a pair of lawsuits claiming it infringed on patents for an athletic shoe and lacrosse sticks.


Lacrosse equipment manufacturer STX LLC of Baltimore claims that the Canton company’s 6K ILL lacrosse sticks infringe on a 2004 patent. Reebok began selling its version this past fall, according to the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Baltimore.


The lawsuit asks a judge to issue a preliminary injunction against Reebok, plus damages and attorney’s fees.


In another suit filed recently in U.S. District Court in Manhattan, two men claim patent infringement by Reebok and its parent Adidas USA, as well as New Balance Athletic Shoe of Brighton, Nike and Under Armour.


William Cummings of Mahway, N.Y., and Jay Levine of New City, N.Y., obtained a patent in 2002 for a “stabilizer athletic shoe.” The patent was reissued to them in April 2008.


The patent describes an athletic shoe design that includes features that increase foot and ankle stability to minimize injuries.


The lawsuit seeks an injunction against the companies, damages and attorney’s fees.


“New Balance respects the intellectual property rights of all individuals and companies,” said Edward Haddad, that company’s vice president of intellectual property. “During our development process, we do extensive research to ensure we do not infringe on the patents of others. However, we will go through our due diligence to review Mr. Cummings’ claims and respond to the lawsuit accordingly.”


An attorney for the two plaintiffs in the New York suit did not return a message seeking a comment, and Reebok did not respond to a request for a comment.


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