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Kawhi Me A River, Nike: Copyright Dispute

Jun 04, 2019

Kawhi Leonard needs no introduction. In my opinion, it is difficult to find a basketball player today who encompasses the range of skills that Kawhi has inside the court. But Kawhi is now battling in a different court.

On Monday, he sued Nike for using a logo that he says he authored. In the lawsuit, which was filed in the United States, Kawhi claims that Nike unlawfully copyrighted his “Klaw” logo, which is a drawing of his notably large hand, his jersey number and his initials. The logo below is what is at issue in this lawsuit.

Image: Kawhi Leonard logo

 

 

 

 

 

Kawhi states that, as part of his endorsement deal with Nike, he allowed Nike to use the “Klaw” logo on certain merchandise. Once the Nike deal came to an end, Kawhi signed an endorsement deal with New Balance and he intends on using the “Klaw” logo but Nike is blocking him. 

If you want to read the entire lawsuit, click on the link below:
http://mindengross.com/docs/default-source/Calendar/leonard-vs-nike-lawsuit-claim.pdf?sfvrsn=6

Nike will now have an opportunity to defend Kawhi’s lawsuit. Stay tuned!

If you have any questions about intellectual property matters, please contact Sepideh Nassabi, lawyer and registered trademark agent, at snassabi@mindengross.com.

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