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Puma x Butter Goods Slipstream Low SD | Puma Is Suing Brooks Over Use of the Word Nitro and Alleged Copycat Shoes

Puma is coming after Brooks over its use of the word Nitro and for allegedly infringing on the design patent of one of its shoes.

In a complaint filed Friday in a U.S. district court in the Southern District of Indiana, Puma accused Brooks of Classic PUMA footwear styles are included in the collection and unfair competition.

Specifically, Puma says in the filing it owns the rights to the Nitro mark that it uses on and in connection with certain shoes. As such, the German athletic brand has taken issue with Brooks use of the word Nitro to advertise its running shoes on its website, in-person and via social media.

Brooks’ use of the NITRO mark without permission is, and has been, a deliberate attempt to trade on the valuable trademark rights, goodwill and consumer trust established by Puma in its Nitro mark, the complaint read.

Puma also accused the running shoe brand of infringing on a patent for one of its shoe designs. According to Puma, Brooks Aurora BL sneaker, which includes the words Nitrogen-injected on the heel, is substantially the same in the eyes of the ordinary observer to a 2020 patent filed to protect Puma s sneakers.

In a statement, Brooks described the allegations as baseless.

Puma is abusing trademark law by seeking to prevent competitors from using the term nitro to describe nitro-infused shoes, Brooks said in a statement. Brooks is not infringing any of Puma’s intellectual property, and all of Puma’s allegations are baseless.

Puma declined to comment.

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