Published: Wed, June 05, 2019
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Kawhi Leonard files lawsuit against Nike over logo copyright

Kawhi Leonard files lawsuit against Nike over logo copyright

The Toronto Raptors have been in control of the NBA Finals, with the notable exception of the 18-0 run to open the third quarter from the Warriors that effectively won them Game 2.

On Monday, Leonard filed a lawsuit against Nike over a personal logo that Leonard says Nike fraudulently copyrighted and that Leonard designed.

Leonard is claiming that Nike filed a copyright application for his logo without his consent or knowledge.

The suit said Leonard "refined" the logo in December 2011 or January 2012, and eventually consented that Nike could use it on certain products. A Nike spokesman declined comment Monday, saying the company doesn't discuss pending litigation.

Leonard continued his historic postseason play with 34 points, his 12th 30-point game of these playoffs. Leonard also owns property in his native Southern California, which was often cited as a reason for his potential desire to sign with the Lakers or Clippers. His contract with Nike expired last September. Leonard reportedly created the logo back in 2011.

"Since at least his college years, Leonard contemplated and conceived of ideas for a personal logo which would be unique to him and reflect something meaningful relating to his own image".

With Leonard set to hit the free agent market after this season, the battle of the "Klaw" logo appears to have become a potential bargaining chip in the bid for his services.

Kawhi Leonard is filing a lawsuit against Nike. On the application, the lawsuit said, Nike claimed authorship in 2014 of the logo and rights and permissions to the logo.

Although the lawsuit has just been filed, this isn't the first time Leonard has claimed to have had a hand in the design, which could lend some credence his argument.

Like this: