11 May 2017Patents

New Balance settles shoe patent claim

Sports footwear company New Balance has settled its patent infringement row with US-based Acme IP Holdings.

Acme filed its claim against New Balance in October last year at the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division.

New Balance allegedly infringed two patents, US numbers 5,343,445 and 5,452,269, titled “Athletic shoe with timing device”.

According to the suit, the footwear company infringed the patents between 2010 and 2013 through the sale of the New Balance N8 trainer kit.

The patents expired in 2013.

In March, New Balance counterclaimed against Acme, seeking protection under North Carolina’s Abusive Patent Assertions Act and claiming that Acme had made a bad-faith assertion of patent infringement.

On Monday, May 8, Judge John Tharp signed a stipulation of dismissal.

Acme’s claims, and New Balance’s counterclaims, were dismissed with prejudice, and each party bore its own costs and attorneys’ fees.

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31 October 2016   Multinational sports footwear company New Balance has been named in a patent infringement lawsuit by a US company.