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    Eddie Van Halen’s red, white and black splatter-striped “Frankenstrat” guitar is one of the Van Halen leader’s true signatures. In fact, it’s so closely associated with the guitarist, Van Halen had the color scheme copyrighted in 2001. Now he’s suing Nike because he says the sportswear giant put a similar design on one of their Dunk Lows sneakers, Spinner reports.

    In the lawsuit Eddie and his ELVH Inc. accuse Nike of treading on his trademark, saying the NYX sneaker did “irreparable harm and damage” to his design. He is seeking both monetary retribution and “the impoundment and destruction of all footwear.” While the sneaker does feature red, white and black stripes on the sole — a popular tri-color combination — it doesn’t seem identical to Van Halen’s pattern, and in response to the suit, a Nike spokesperson said, “Nike’s Dunk shoe design is not substantially similar to any of the Van Halen designs, and Nike has not referenced the ‘Van Halen’ name or image as part of any marketing campaign or promotional material associated with the shoe.”

    At the heart of the conflict is the fact that just last month, Eddie Van Halen released his own footwear line, EVH Shoes, adored with his Frankenstrat stripes. Van Halen’s sneakers actually look suspiciously like Converse All-Stars, so unless there’s an official deal in place, he could potentially find himself on the opposite end of a lawsuit soon.

    I don't think he should be sue Nike for this, kind of kiddish if you ask me.

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    I bought a pair. Pretty cool looking I think. The foam insert on the inside is all striped too!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dtuner317 View Post
    I bought a pair. Pretty cool looking I think. The foam insert on the inside is all striped too!!!!
    Nice!

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    I think we've all commented on this kind of thing already. Ed is SUCK ASS human being. He just happens to be a SUCK ASS human being who plays a mean guitar.

    I'd like to slap him with the back of my hand if I could meet him or that NAZI Tracy Taub.

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    You want a better reason to think he's a douche'?

    The new guitar hero "Van Halen", doesn't have Mike or Sammy in the game. Comes out Aug 4, but no Mike... Mike is VAN HALEN! Go Chickenfoot!

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    kinda old but glad i got my pair. i think evh was slipped some info about this. they didnt discover it. makes me wanna get a few more and sell them on ebay lol....j/k. great looking shoe. much better then the chucks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5150 Frankenstrat View Post

    At the heart of the conflict is the fact that just last month, Eddie Van Halen released his own footwear line, EVH Shoes, adored with his Frankenstrat stripes. Van Halen’s sneakers actually look suspiciously like Converse All-Stars, so unless there’s an official deal in place, he could potentially find himself on the opposite end of a lawsuit soon.

    I don't think he should be sue Nike for this, kind of kiddish if you ask me.
    Naw- Converse is producing the shoes, so that is unlikely.
    Dammit!!! I still smell like cotton candy!!!

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    Problem is that Eddie had filled for patent on a TONE of items..even on the name Frankenstein, wich he has put a TM on his website, when in fact, he does'nt have it yet. Same goes for a LOAD of his gear. from what i was told by a lawyer who specialise in patent and TM but in canada mind you, i'm not a lawyer so i'm putting it in my own words here, his Trademarks are'nt like defenitive patterns, he wants to PATENT any striped item using black, red and white, wich is totaly ridiculous, such as the Nike shoes. 2 years ago, EVH Inc wanted to take to court Dodge for doing a Red and white stripped Viper!.claming it was the patern used on his 5150 guitar!...i mean give me a break. Right now is TM and Patent are only legal in the US. The chiness have released very good copies of the Frankenstrat and 5150 guitar, not cheap knock-off, but very good instrument, selling for about 4500$ US each, they are selling like Hot Cake in Asia from what i read. unfortunaly, Ed as no right over there.

    Right now, i have no clue why, but it's almost like he's flat broke and going for every $$$ he can find.

    When talking to my lawyer friend about the whole frankenstra thing, he brought good argument on the table..here is the reasoning...Does Eddie own the right to the body shape..no..neck shape...no, any of the hardware on the instrument, no, does he own the rights to the color, black, red and white, no, does he own the rights to a certain "pattern"...this is still in debate. by changing any tape size by just 1/16 ", you are changing the flow of the pattern used on his Frankenstrat basicaly, so technicaly, he does'nt. It was pointed out that Eddie made over 30 of these guitars in the span of his career, yet he chooses to only pattent only 2!...why is that!...

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    I've had MANY "run ins" with ELVH, Inc. (Tracy Taub specifically) I actually took all the information that I received to a Trademark attorney who flat out said, "This would NEVER hold up in court! However, he has enough money to drag it out until you are forced to give up." So the bottom line is anyone can beat him in court if they have deep enough pockets. Nike does, so I hope they fight him and set a precident for all the court cases that could follow. Winning the first time is hard. After he loses once, then people could pretty much just line up to beat him in court.

    does anyone have a picture of these shoes???? I want to buy a pair just to support Nike's cause.

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    I started this same thread yesterday, and it got shut down in 4 posts for being rehashed. 3 hours later, someone else starts the same thread, and it's still going.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eddie's Littler Monster View Post
    I started this same thread yesterday, and it got shut down in 4 posts for being rehashed. 3 hours later, someone else starts the same thread, and it's still going.
    you started it here?

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    I don't have a pic of the shoes, but from what I remember they were all black and just the bottom sides of the rubber sole were striped.

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    Guys look in Main, whole thread on this thread.

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