Kawhi Leonard Countersued By Nike Over "Klaw" Logo

Kawhi Leonard

Kawhi Leonard

After Leonard reportedly filed a federal lawsuit against Nike, claiming that the logo was actually his design, the giant sports apparel company has fired back, saying that they own the logo and that Kawhi should no longer be using it since their contract ended past year.

During their partnership, Leonard provided them with designs to use on merchandise.

"In his Complaint, Leonard alleges he provided a design to NIKE". Instead, he conflates the two, making it appear as though those discrete works are one and the same.

Once their deal ended, Nike says they found out about Leonard using the design he gave them on other non-Nike products. The Beaverton brand says there are differences between the final logo and the sketch that Leonard had come up with while in college. Back in 2014, Jordan Brand started giving Leonard his very own logo which is in the shape of a hand but also bears his initials and his jersey number.

"Despite the Contract's intellectual property ownership provision to which Leonard agreed, and despite his prior public acknowledgement that NIKE authored the Claw Design, Leonard has now decided that he, and not NIKE, is the rightful owner of the registered Claw Design, and has gone even further to accuse NIKE of committing fraud by registering its Claw Design with the Copyright Office", the suit says.

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Nike claims Kawhi signed off on the company using the final "Claw Design" in 2014 - so they filed a trademark application to effectively own the rights to the image.

The war to gain the rights to the "Klaw" logo continues. According to the court documents, the company is seeking an injunction against Leonard's lawsuit, a court order for him to cease future use of the logo and unspecified monetary damages.

Leonard, 28, separated from Jordan Brand, a subsidiary of Nike, in 2018 and is now endorsed by New Balance.

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