John Geiger and Nike Settle Air Force 1 Lawsuit
The year-long trademark-infringement lawsuit between John Geiger and Nike has now ended. Nike first sought legal action against Geiger's brand back in August 2021 on the basis that his GF-01 sneakers use 'Nike's registered Air Force 1 trade dress'. The legal document continued, 'John Geiger knowingly and intentionally creates confusion in the marketplace and capitalizes on Nike's reputation and the reputation of its iconic shoes.'
According to Legal360, Geiger was added to an existing lawsuit between the Swoosh and La La Land Production & Design Inc. – the manufacturers of the Warren Lotas Dunks.
Over the following months, Geiger and Nike continued to lock horns, with Geiger even hiring Kanye West's former Yeezy lawyer to represent him. Now, the dispute seems to be water under the bridge, with Nike and Geiger resolving the filings. As per a post shared via Geiger's Instagram account, 'Nike and John Geiger have resolved the lawsuit related to Nike's Air Force 1 trade dress and John Geiger's footwear products, specifically his GF-01 Shoes.'
'The lawsuit has been resolved through an amicable resolution that includes a consent judgement. As part of the resolution, John Geiger has agreed to modify the design of his GF-01 shoes. Nike respects John Geiger as a designer and other designers like him, and both parties are pleased to resolve this dispute in a way that allows John Geiger to continue building his brand while also respecting Nike's intellectual property rights in its iconic Air Force 1 trade dress.',