Published: Tue, June 11, 2019
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Kawhi files lawsuit against Nike over 'Klaw' logo

Kawhi files lawsuit against Nike over 'Klaw' logo

Filed in a U.S. District Court in California, the lawsuit alleges that Leonard designed the signature "Klaw" logo shortly after he entered the National Basketball Association in 2011 by tracing his "notably large hand" and drawing his initials inside the figure.

Leonard never transferred the rights to the Leonard Logo to Nike - conversely, as the many communications, including text and e-mails show, Leonard permitted Nike to use the Leonard Logo for their mutual benefit and for the specific goal of effectuating the Nike Agreement for the term of the contract.

But, in May 2017, "unbeknownst to Leonard and without his consent", Nike filed an application for copyright registration of the logo.

Raptors' Leonard Kawhi is stepping his efforts to claim what he considers to be his property from Nike who allegedly stole his logo names after the athlete.

Kawhi Leonard in action for the Toronto Raptors. His contract with Nike expired last September.

For more on Kawhi Leonard's Nike lawsuit, follow on over to ESPN.


Of course, he also wanted access to use his logo on non-Nike goods as a part of that endorsement deal.

The lawsuit goes on to explain, in detail, how Leonard came up with the idea for the logo, which was developed at the start of his rookie season during his lockout-shortened 2011-12 campaign with the San Antonio Spurs.

Leonard wants to use the logo for future lines of clothing and shoes.

"Leonard is known for his extremely large hands", the lawsuit reads. Leonard is scheduled to speak with reporters on Tuesday when practice resumes at the NBA Finals.

This is certainly something Kawhi is having his lawyers deal with so he can focus on the NBA Finals and trying to steal a game at Oracle as the series is tied 1-1.

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