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Dr Martens sues Chinese Laundry

Dr Martens has taken out a lawsuit against US footwear retailer Chinese Laundry claiming copyright infringement of its iconic boot.

In a complaint filed on September 18 in the Californian district court, Dr Martens’ Northamptonshire parent company Airwair International claimed Chinese Laundry’s infringement had been “systematic and deliberate”.

Airwair alleged that Chinese Laundry used Dr Martens’ signature designs including yellow stitching in the welt area, a two-toned grooved sole edge and an undersole design – items that have been registered at the US patent and trademark office.

The lawsuit seeks an injunction to stop Chinese Laundry from making and distributing the shoes, as well as any profits from sales of the shoes, or alternatively statutory damages.

Airwair is also calling for Chinese Laundry to cover legal expenses. Neither company replied to Drapers’ requests for comment.

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