SAN DIEGO, CA--(Marketwired - May 13, 2015) - Fish & Richardson today filed a lawsuit against Skechers U.S.A., Inc. and Skechers U.S.A., Inc. II on behalf of client TerriKelly, LLC over the use of the slogan "Yoga Pants for Your Feet." The lawsuit alleges trademark infringement and unfair competition by Skechers, an international shoe company. TerriKelly, LLC, owned and singlehandedly run by entrepreneur Terri Kelly, sells flip flops and owns the federal trademark registration to the slogan "Yoga Pants for Your Feet," which she began using about a year before Skechers began using the same slogan.

Kelly came up with the slogan as the perfect way to convey to consumers the comfort and minimalist design of her flip flops and began using the slogan in January 2014. Kelly, who is based in Palm Desert, California, uses the slogan on her company's website, through social media and in other forms of advertising and marketing.

Skechers began using the slogan as early as January 2015 to market its Stretch-Fit Glider shoe. Kelly only recently learned of a commercial being shown on television and online promoting the shoe. Skechers' commercial features celebrity and Dancing with the Stars Season 7 winner Brooke Burke-Charvet and prominently uses TerriKelly's "Yoga Pants for Your Feet" mark to promote its new shoe in the commercial. In addition to the television and YouTube ad, Skechers also uses the slogan online and in social media posts.

Legal counsel for TerriKelly issued a cease and desist letter to Skechers in March 2015 but the company continues to use the slogan.

"It's unfortunate that a large company like Skechers would choose to market its product in such an illegal manner -- and continue to do so even after being informed of TerriKelly's rights," states Lisa Martens, a trademark attorney with Fish & Richardson, based in San Diego. "The use of TerriKelly's federally registered slogan 'Yoga Pants for Your Feet' is a clear violation of trademark law. Despite the fact that it she is a solopreneur with a start-up company, Ms. Kelly has the right to stop anyone from infringing upon her trademark."

Skechers' footwear is marketed and sold in over 600 stores worldwide. Skechers owns and operates over 300 retail stores in the United States alone. Skechers U.S.A., Inc. is a publicly-traded footwear company with over $2 billion in net sales for 2014.

TerriKelly flip flops are sold at trade shows and festivals as well through the company's website and through specialty boutiques and online retailers.

"I founded my company in March of 2013 and have worked hard since day one to develop brand recognition and a loyal client base," states Kelly, the mother of six children. "I feel like David fighting Goliath, and it is disheartening to see a big company like Skechers behave in such an unfair and uncompromising manner."

The suit was filed in United States District Court Southern District of California and requests that Skechers stop using the slogan and pay unspecified damages to Kelly.

ABOUT TERRIKELLY LLC

After raising six kids and establishing a busy real-estate business, founder Terri Kelly took up yoga and quickly became fond of the lightweight yoga wear with its ease of movement and minimalist style. But she could not find anything to wear on her feet that had the same light-weight feel and look as yoga attire. So, she set out to develop a "simple" flip flop; a soft flip flop; a "yoga pant for your feet." And the terrikelly flip flop was born. Developed with natural rubber, super soft EVA and thin strapping, the flip flop is light weight and comfortable with a minimalist design. For more information, visit www.terrikelly.com. Kelly has started the hashtag #defendourtrademarks to help other solopreneurs and small businesses share information via social media about trademark infringement.

ABOUT FISH & RICHARDSON

Fish & Richardson is a global patent, trademark, intellectual property (IP) litigation and commercial litigation law firm with more than 400 attorneys and technology specialists across the U.S. and Europe. Fish has been named the #1 patent litigation firm in the U.S. for 11 consecutive years. Fish has been winning cases worth billions in controversy -- often by making new law -- for the most innovative clients and influential industry leaders since 1878. For more information, visit www.fr.com.

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Fish & Richardson
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