David Weeks will no longer be able to sell the Air Kiy among other admissions.
On August 6, 2022, the Swoosh complained and notified Kool Kiy partners David Weeks and Nickwon Arvinger over its Air Jordan 1 lookalike—the Air Kiy.
However, an agreement was not reached between the parties and Nike’s legal team filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against Kool Kiy and Omi in a Hellcat on November 30, 2022.
The court ordered that defendant David Weeks admit that Nike is the exclusive owner of all registered trademarks named in the lawsuit.
Additionally, the judge ordered that Weeks would no longer be able to produce and distribute Kool Kiy’s shoes.
On February 15, Kool Kiy filed a counter lawsuit that stated that customers wanted a product different from the “norm” and that Kool Kiy’s registered Lightning Bolt trademark logo did not resemble the Nike Swoosh. The new ruling dismissed all of Kool Kiy’s counterclaims against Nike.
Kool Kiy founder Nickwon Arvinger and By Kiy LLC have not reached a settlement with the brand.
Kool Kiy’s next Air Kiy release is in collaboration with The Notorious Big on August 25.
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