Nike files lawsuit against John Geiger over Air Force 1 lookalike

Aug 27, 2021

Nike continues to take legal action against independent companies that it alleges are copying its trademarked sneaker designs. This time, the target is John Geiger, a well-known customizer-turned-designer who launched his own lifestyle brand in 2017.

Nike has filed a lawsuit against John Geiger‘s John Geiger Co and La La Land Production and Design Inc, claiming that Geiger’s GF-01 sneaker infringes on the Air Force 1‘s trade dress. In response, Geiger stated in an Instagram post that he’s “been very clear through two years of manufacturing and selling the GF-01 that it was inspired by Nike, and also made sure that anyone purchasing the shoe is aware that it is a designer shoe crafted with higher materials and quality, along with my trademark and changes to the silhouette.”

Source: Ross Dwyer for Hypebeast