Brooks Boots Puma Running Shoe IP Suit to Wash

January 25, 2023

Brooks Sports Inc. can move to Seattle federal court a lawsuit claiming it infringed rival Puma's patented shoe foam technology and "Nitro" trademark to sell running shoes, an Indiana federal judge ruled Friday, saying the parties' dispute has stronger ties to the Evergreen State.

U.S. District Judge Richard L. Young in an 11-page order granted Brooks' motion to transfer the case from the Hoosier State to the Seattle division of the Western District of Washington, finding that there's not much tying Puma North America Inc.'s case to its chosen venue of Indiana.

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