The Nikes sports bra brand has been ordered to remove its trademark from all future products that include the word “sport.”
The order was issued by Judge Charles D. K. Epps Jr. of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia in Washington, D.C. The court has until January 23 to approve or reject the decision.
The decision will also have a ripple effect in other apparel and footwear industries, which are in the midst of trademark disputes with some of their largest competitors.
Nike, for example, has filed a complaint with the International Trade Commission (ITC) alleging that Ford is infringing on the trademark of its popular F-150.
Nikes is the only sports bra company to have been named as a defendant in that case.
Ford, meanwhile, is seeking to have the Nikes brand’s trademark removed from all vehicles and clothing that use the word Sport.
Ford spokesman Chris Anderson said in a statement the decision “will not affect the Ford product line and will not affect our ability to offer the Ford Bronco Sport to consumers.”
He added that Ford plans to appeal.
“We look forward to having the case dismissed,” he said.
Ford has also asked the U.S. District Court in Manhattan to block a ruling in favor of Nikes that could result in it being able to sell Ford Broncos to consumers.
The Ford Broncs are available in a variety of colors including the Sport, Red, White and Blue, and are sold in select markets around the world.
The Nikes trademark was registered in the U: States in 1968.
Nikes Sport, however, is currently owned by a group of companies that include Levi Strauss & Co., American Eagle Outfitters, and Levi Strauss, Inc.