In its latest move to defend its Three Stripes, Adidas has filed an opposition with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) against a trademark application filed by Thom Browne in February. Adidas charges that the New York-based designer intends to use a logo consisting of multiple stripes on different parts of the shoe, three of which are positioned on a tab on the rear of the product, on the strap of a slide sandal and on the bottom of the shoe – in a manner that is “confusingly similar” to its own three-stripe mark “in appearance and overall commercial impression.” The three stripes are of different colors and are placed at the center of the proposed logo. Thom Browne’s application reads in fact that it is for a total of “five parallel stripes, with the center stripe in white, the left adjacent stripe in red, the right adjacent stripe in blue, and with the two outermost stripes in white, with the two outermost stripes being narrower than the other three stripes.” Adidas may have been partly motivated by Thom Browne’s development of customized suits for the players of the FC Barcelona team in 2018 and the recent diversification of designer’s fashion house into activewear. The day after Adidas’ opposition, Tommy Hilfiger issued a similar one against a similarly striped trademark that Thom Browne intends to use on a fragrance.