Nike has filed a countersuit against Kawhi Leonard in response to his lawsuit against the company over the "Klaw" logo.
The logo was developed and used during Leonard's time with Jordan Brand.
"In this action, Kawhi Leonard seeks to re-write history by asserting that he created the 'Claw Design' logo, but it was not Leonard who created that logo," Nike states in its countersuit, which was filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California, where Leonard's original suit was filed last month. "The 'Claw Design' was created by a talented team of NIKE designers, as Leonard, himself, has previously admitted.
The countersuit also reiterates later that Leonard is trying to take credit for the work of the logo's designers by saying he owns it despite providing only the initial rough draft of the design.
"Despite the Contract's intellectual property ownership provision to which Leonard agreed, and despite his prior public acknowledgement that NIKE authored the Claw Design, Leonard has now decided that he, and not NIKE, is the rightful owner of the registered Claw Design, and has gone even further to accuse NIKE of committing fraud by registering its Claw Design with the Copyright Office," the suit says.
"Moreover, in clear contravention of Leonard's contractual obligations and NIKE's exclusive ownership rights in and to the Claw Design, Leonard has continued to use and reproduce the Claw Design, without NIKE's authorization, on his non-Nike apparel worn publicly, and has manifested his imminent intent to commercially exploit the Claw Design on non-NIKE merchandise."