US: Outdry files patent infringement case against Geox

Columbia Sportswear-owned OutDry Technologies has filed a patent infringement case against Italian footwear brand Geox relating to its waterproofing leather technology.

The lawsuit, which was filed in the US District Court in the southern district of New York, demands a jury trial as well as injunctive and monetary relief to compensate for the damages Outdry suffered.

The dispute centres on Outdry’s method of waterproofing leather through the bonding of a waterproof but breathable membrane to the inside of the upper leather using an adhesive, blocking moisture from penetrating into the inner part of the boot.

According to the complaint, Geox released a line of footwear – constructed using a process identical to that used to make Outdry products – after Nextec, which created the technology, did not enter into a co-partnership with the Italian footwear company.


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