Steve Madden is being accused of ripping off a shoe design... again

Discussion in 'Luxury and Lifestyle' started by dealmaker, Oct 21, 2019.

  1. dealmaker

    dealmaker

    Steve Madden is being accused of ripping off a shoe design... again
    The venture-backed shoe startup Rothy’s is the most recent shoemaker to tangle with Steve Madden.

    Rothy’s, recently valued at $700m and known for its comfy flats made from recycled materials, says Steve Madden’s Rosy Flats infringe on its design patents and take too much inspiration from its “The Point” collection (and Steve’s sell for less than half the price).

    But the Madden men beg to differ
    After Rothy’s sent their $3B competitor a cease and desist letter, the shoe dogs followed up with a preemptive lawsuit, which claims its flats don’t infringe and that some Rothy patents shouldn’t have been granted in the first place.

    This week, Rothy’s kicked back with counterclaims and asserted that “Madden has chosen to slavishly copy [its] product design” instead of actually doing its own product development.

    Yikes, this thing is getting heated.

    This isn’t Steve Madden’s first time at the... um... rip-off rodeo
    Lots of brands have accused Steve Madden of design theft through the years -- including Valentino, Yves Saint Laurent, and Allbirds, to name a few -- with varied success.

    But let’s not single out Steve: Knocking off shoes, clothes, and bags happens a lot, likely because it’s hard to prove design patent infringement.

    You have to prove an “ordinary observer” wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between design 1 and design 2 when they’re side by side, which is a high bar.
     
  2. How hard can it be to create one's own shoe design? Especially when you're such a big company?
     
  3. dealmaker

    dealmaker

    it may be cheaper to steal....
     
  4. Perhaps. Cheaper than a lawsuit though?