Tuesday, 17 September, 2019

Nike Files Countersuit Against Kawhi Leonard For Copyright Infringement

Nike fires back at Kawhi Leonard over Klaw logo Kawhi Leonard Countersued By Nike Over "Klaw" Logo: Report
Sidney Guerrero | 19 July, 2019, 19:54

After Leonard reportedly filed a federal lawsuit against Nike, claiming that the logo was actually his design, the giant sports apparel company has fired back, saying that they own the logo and that Kawhi should no longer be using it since their contract ended past year.

Nike says the company found out in 2017 Kawhi also filed an application to trademark the image - and they were pissed. saying he has no rights to it and had "fraudulently claimed to be the author and sole owner of the Claw Design". Leonard said the logo is an extension of drawings he made and gave Nike permission to use on "certain merchandise". Leonard claims to have created the famous logo by tracing his own hand. Further, they claim the Nike team was the one who created the final design used.

Nike is now alleging copyright infringement and breach of contract against Leonard, who led the Toronto Raptors to the National Basketball Association championship and then signed with the LA Clippers.

"What is false is that the design he provided was the Claw Design", the countersuit states, according to the San Antonio Express-News' Patrick Danner. However, despite all this positivity in his life, Kawhi Leonard's battle with Nike rages on. He said Nike, during Leonard's time partnered with Jordan Brand, did not have his OK to apply for the copyright registration. The NBA player was under contract with Nike until 2018, when he signed a new endorsement deal with New Balance. Not once in his Complaint does Leonard display or attach either the design that he provided or the Claw Design.

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A report from Sports Business Journal stated Leonard insisted he designed the logo in college, but Nike released a statement Thursday to clarify what his contributions to the end product were.

"Instead, he conflates the two, making it appear as though those discrete works are one and the same".

Nike provided a pair of images in the countersuit - the original "Klaw" sketch that Leonard had created, and the finished Nike Claw logo.

Nike also wants to collect damages from Leonard but the exact figure hasn't been made public yet.

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