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02/21/06 - Lufkin

Shoe Companies May Battle in East Texas Federal Court

by Ramonica R. Jones

Lufkin's federal court may be the site of a battle between two well-known athletic shoe companies.

Nike filed a complaint against last week in Lufkin's federal court. A Nike spokesperson said the suit was filed here because both Oregon companies have done business in Texas and the Eastern District Court has developed expertise in patent protection.

The company patented a specific cushioning device for Nike shocks in 2000. Adidas allegedly later used that patent for a brand of its footwear.

The patent infringement trial will start as soon as possible.

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