Brooks Sports, Inc. Seizes Counterfeit Product in Australia in Defence of Global Trademarks and Product Designs
Australian Court Requires Release of More Than 700 Pairs of Shoes and Damages Paid
Bothell, Wash. – December 14, 2011
In early 2011 Brooks Sports, Inc., suspected counterfeit product was being actively imported into and sold in Australia by retailer Paul's Warehouse. In response, Brooks filed an action with the Federal Court of Australia to seize all suspected inventory for authenticity testing without prior notice to the retailer. The following investigation by Brooks confirmed more than 700 pairs of shoes were not genuine and obtained from a factory not authorized by Brooks. The resulting settlement ensured additional faulty product was not sold to Australian consumers by requiring all inventory to be returned and a substantial sum be paid to Brooks.
"Brooks has built a global reputation for providing consumers with the highest quality performance running footwear and apparel," said David Bohan, Brooks Chief Operating Officer. "The trademarks, technology and designs of our products communicate our brand promise and value at first glance, and because of this, Brooks will vigorously defend its brand and take all necessary actions against those violating our marks."
As part of the settlement, the collective Paul's companies agreed to only buy Brooks footwear and apparel from authorized factories and distribution partners.
"The authenticity of the Brooks brand is the most important asset of our company and we are committed to protecting it across the globe, under all circumstances," Bohan added.
Brooks is a leading running company that designs and markets a line of performance footwear, apparel, and accessories in more than 60 countries worldwide. A subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Inc., Brooks was founded in 1914 and is headquartered in Bothell, Wash., near Seattle. The company’s mission is to inspire everyone to run and be active by creating innovative gear that keeps them running longer, farther, and faster. Visit www.brooksrunning.com for more information, and to follow frequent brand updates on Twitter (@brooksrunning) and Facebook (Brooks Sports).