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WOLVERINE WORLD WIDE FILES PATENT SUIT AGAINST NIKE

 ROCKFORD, Mich., Dec. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Wolverine World Wide, Inc. (NYSE: WWW) today filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Nike, Inc. (NYSE: NKE) in the United States District Court in Grand Rapids, Mich.
 The suit alleges that Nike's Huarache line of shoes infringes a 1988 Wolverine athletic shoe patent. The patent involves a unique elastic inner sock designed by Wolverine's research and development team and first marketed in the Brooks-For-Women line of athletic shoes.
 "The elastic inner sock invention was conceived after in-depth analysis of foot-motion studies conducted at Michigan State University's Biomechanics Lab," said Ray Fredericksen, manager of Biomechanical Research of Wolverine. "The invention was the result of extensive research and development which applied the findings of the Michigan State scientists."
 "Copying may be the sincerest form of flattery, but in this case, it is also patent infringement. Wolverine should be compensated for Nike's unauthorized use of Wolverine's patented invention," said Wolverine's counsel, Ernie Brooks, of Brooks & Kushman, Southfield, Mich.
 Wolverine seeks an injunction prohibiting further sales of the Huarache shoe and triple damages for patent infringement. A specified amount of damages is not mentioned in the suit, but would likely be many millions of dollars given Nike's sales of the Huarache line.
 Wolverine World Wide, Inc. manufactures and markets a wide variety of branded footwear and pigskin leather. Major branded products of the company include: Hush Puppies(R) shoes, Wolverine(R) work and sport footwear, Wolverine Wilderness(R) footgear, apparel and accessories, Coleman(R) footgear, Harbor Town by Hush Puppies(R) footwear, Bates(R) uniform footwear and Bates Floaters(R), Tru-Stitch(R) slippers, Sioux- Mox(R) moccasins, Wimzees(R) casual footwear, Town and Country(TM) women's shoes, Kroupana(R) sueded pigskin and Breathin' Brushed Pigskin(R) leather.
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 /CONTACT: Jim Lovejoy of Wolverine World Wide, 616-866-5539/
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CO: Wolverine World Wide, Inc.; Nike, Inc. ST: Michigan IN: TEX SU:

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