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Irish retailer Primark has said it plans to 'defend its position' against a lawsuit by US footwear maker Vans.

The company has alleged Primark, which trades as Penneys in the Republic of Ireland, copied its sneaker design.

The lawsuit alleges trademark infringement, unfair competition and false advertising.

Papers were filed in a New York federal court last month.

In a statement to Newstalk.com, Primark said: "We disagree with the allegations by Vans and we plan to defend our position."

Vans shoes (left) and Primark shoes (right) are seen in comparison in court documents

Vans claimed Primark's actions "have caused injury to plaintiff Vans within the State of New York and the Eastern District of New York."

Vans said its side stripe trademark has been in place since "at least as early as the 1970s", which it claims Primark has copied.

The company also said it has used a 'waffle' pattern on the sole of its shoes since as early as 1966.

Again, it claimed this aspect has been used by Primark in its product.

Vans shoes (left) and Primark shoes (right) are seen in comparison in court documents

The 32-page document sites six claims for relief - including trademark infringement, unfair competition, false advertising and unfair and deceptive trade practices in New York.

The papers were filed in the District Court for the eastern district of New York on December 18th last year.

The company is also seeking a jury trial.


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