On Monday, July 17, 2023, Shelly Wear LLC filed suit against Nike in Boston federal court on eight related patents, alleging that the company stole its pocketed sports bra technology.
SherryWear, LLC v. Nike, Inc. DC
Judge: Leo T. Sorokin
Shellywear has patents on a number of pocket systems in the same family.
Pocket bra system patents
Shelly Goff of Shellywear said in the lawsuit that she pitched her patented pocket bra to Nike starting in 2015, but was not adopted, and that the company then used her patented technology without permission in the Swoosh, an athletic bra with pockets for storing the wearer's belongings.
Nike has yet to comment on the lawsuit, which accuses the company of infringing eight patents.