Toronto Raptors star Kawhi Leonard sues Nike over use of logo

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

He claims he designed the logo that appeared on his Nike apparel and the sportswear company, unbeknownst to him, "falsely" claimed it created the logo.

 

Toronto Raptors star basketball player Kawhi Leonard has filed a federal lawsuit against Nike. He claims he designed the logo that appeared on his Nike apparel and the sportswear company, unbeknownst to him, "falsely" claimed it created the logo in a copyright registration.



Nike did not provide immediate comment on the lawsuit.

The lawsuit was filed Monday in United States District Court in Southern California. Last week, the New York Times reported that the Los Angeles Clippers "have quietly looked into the feasibility of purchasing the portion of the rights to Leonard's 'Klaw' logo that is still owned by Nike."

Leonard, who is currently playing in the NBA Finals, is a free agent at the end of the season and is expected to be courted by several teams, including the Clippers.

In the nine-page lawsuit, Leonard claims the logo is an extension of drawings he started making early in his college career and he gave Nike permission to use the logo "on certain merchandise" when he had an endorsement deal with Nike. Leonard claims Nike filed an application for copyright registration for the logo without his consent. 

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