A Short Discourse on Converse: Cobbling Together New Rules for Design Rights?

June 2019 The Trademark Reporter Publication
Authors: Jonathan E. Moskin

The familiar Chuck Taylor All Star sneaker design—familiar at least to most people over a certain age—newly repopularized, made a significant recent appearance on a non-hardwood court, namely the Federal Circuit (CAFC), which, in Converse Inc. v. International Trade Commission,1 revived the manufacturer's trade dress claims. However, in doing so it may have stepped out of bounds more than once (as discussed below).

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