Kenneth Cole Chorus Minor shoe. (Center of flower lights up)
Patent lawyer Erik B. Cherdak Esq. is not the kind of guy you want to step on, especially with the shoes that he designed! He patented a light up mechanism for sneakers, the center part of the flower lights up as the person walks. (Sneaker shown above). Nordstrom stores have been distributing these sneakers through its sale of Kenneth Cole Chorus Mine shoes without getting a license from Mr. Cherdak.
This is not the first time Cherdak has caught Nordstrom shoplifting his patent. In two previous cases regarding Puma and Geox shoes, Cherdak’s patent was infringed, and Nordstrom settled. Cherdak has filed 18 infringement cases since February 2005, according to Bloomberg data. Many of those cases have settled for undisclosed terms. In this case, (complaint found below) he claims Nordstrom scuffed his patent leather ownership by selling infringing products forwhich he had not awarded a license. At issue is Cherdak’s patent 5,343,445, which was issued in August 1994. Of course since Cherdak is a patent lawyer, it is no surprise that he is representing himself in the case.
As patent owner, Cherdak posesses the right to sue Nordstrom because he claims that the department store has either designed, used, manufactured, imported, sold, offered to sell, or distributed the infringing shoes under 35 USC 271 (a), (b) and (c). For more information about Patent Infringement click here
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