Converse Goes to Court to Challenge Chuck Taylor Look-Alikes

But experts say it's tough to prove infringements in design

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Converse has filed 22 separate lawsuits in U.S. District Court that accuse 31 companies of infringing on its classic Chuck Taylor All Star design.

In addition, the brand has complained to the International Trade Commission, which has the authority to prevent counterfeit shoes from entering the country.

While Converse, which Nike purchased in 2003, is suing for monetary damages, ultimately the brand is seeking to knock look-alike brands off store shelves. Among the companies named in the suits are Walmart, Kmart, Bob's, Skechers, FILA, Ed Hardy and Ralph Lauren.

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