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Brooks Sports Says Brooks Brothers Sneakers Infringe Trademarks

Feb. 11, 2020, 2:39 PM

Brooks Brothers allegedly infringed Brooks Sports’ trademarks and breached a coexistence agreement by introducing a line of athletic shoes, a complaint filed in Seattle federal court says.

Brooks Brothers’ expansion into the market for “athletic and active lifestyle footwear, apparel, and accessories” is likely to confuse potential Brooks Sports customers and divert sales, according to the Monday complaint.

Athletic wear maker Brooks Sports and men’s clothing maker Brooks Brothers have had an agreement regarding the use of their trademarks since 1980, the complaint says. Brooks Sports—a Berkshire Hathaway subsidiary—began focusing on running shoes in the 2000s, and says it has ...

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