Nike Cancels Entire Undefeated 2018 World Cup Collection Because of US Navy Logo Plagiarism

Last week, Nike and sneaker boutique UNDEFEATED presented a special 2018 World Cup-inspired collection, dubbed "The Fives" collection.

Shortly after the reveal of the collection, Nike received a backslash for their "The Fives" collection in collaboration with UNDEFEATED because striking similarities to the U.S. Naval Academy’s crest design - the Swoosh announced that the World Cup-inspired collection has been canceled.



U.S. Naval Academy is one of the most prestigious military academies in the United States. The problem with Nike x UNDEFEATED collection was the logo that is actually almost identical to the logo of the U.S. Naval Academy. On Thursday, June 12, the USNA announced that it was sending a cease to Nike and UNDEFEATED for trademark infringement.


"The similarities of the Nike/UNDEFEATED logo released this week and the USNA Crest are undeniable and we believe their logo is clearly an infringement under trademark law," the Academy wrote on Twitter.



On Friday, June 15, Nike responded with a written statement apologizing to the USNA.


"We recently were made aware of our logo being included into a design that has been previously used by one of our longstanding partners," Nike said in the statement, according to the Washington Post. "We have always respected the US Navy and its Academy and have been a longtime supporter of the military." Nike furthermore announced that its UNDEFEATED collection, which was slated for release on June 16, has been canceled. "We do not feel it is appropriate to move forward with the collection. We apologize to anyone who was offended."


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