A Chinese animator has lost his final court battle against the U.S. footwear and apparel maker Nike Inc. over the company’s use of a stick figure illustration, state media reported Friday.

The Beijing High People’s Court on Thursday overturned a lower court verdict that had ordered Nike to pay Chinese Internet cartoonist Zhu Zhiqiang 300,000 yuan ($36,000) in compensation and issue a public apology to Zhu, the official China Daily newspaper said.