In October 2014, Converse (a Nike company) filed suit with the International Trade Commission (ITC) against more than 30 companies (including Wal-Mart, Kmart, Skechers, Fila, Aldo and Ralph Lauren) claiming many shoe makers and retailers in the U.S. are infringing on trademarks associated with the iconic Chuck Taylor sneaker. In April 2015, Wal-Mart responded by filing with the ITC a complaint against Converse. In its filing, Wal-Mart claims that the toe caps, bumpers and sneaker stripes Converse claims to own are serve a functional purpose and therefore not eligible for trademark protection. Sources: Footwearnews.com; Complaint If you have any questions regarding the content of this communication, please contact Jonathan R. Wachs: email@example.com | 301.575.0302. If you would like to subscribe to receive Friday Factoids® in your inbox click here.