Nike Sues Chinese Manufacturers Over Logo

Nike added to the growing list of counterfeit goods in China as the company sues two shoe manufacturers for unauthorized use of its ''Jumpman'' logo.

BEIJING (Kyodo) - Sports goods giant Nike Inc. is suing two Chinese shoe manufacturers for unauthorized use of one of its logos, state media reported Tuesday.

The U.S. firm alleges the two companies are using its ''Jumpman'' logo, which shows a silhouette of basketball star Michael Jordan slam-dunking a basketball, without permission on their products.

The Shanghai branch of the French retail company Auchan is also being sued for displaying the shoes, the China Daily reported.

Nike wants the Auchan store and the two shoe firms, Jinjiang Kangwei Shoes and Jinjiang Longzhibu Shoes, to apologize, stop selling the shoes and to pay compensation.

The case is now being heard by a court in Shanghai and the three firms deny any wrongdoing, the report said.

Counterfeit goods are widely available in China, although the government says it is making progress in protecting intellectual property rights.

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