Gore responds to Columbia claims

Spokesperson: ‘Allegations are without merit’

W.L. Gore & Associates has said the allegations made by Columbia Sportswear against it are ‘without merit’.

Columbia and its subsidiary OutDry Technologies have claimed that Gore’s commercial practices are ‘exclusionary’ and have prevented manufacturers, brand owners and consumers access to other waterproof product innovations, such as those developed and marketed by Columbia and OutDry

They said they have filed a complaint with the Commission of the European Union against Gore, saying it has violated European Union competition laws by ‘abusing its dominant position in the market for waterproof breathable membranes for footwear and gloves’.

However, in a verbal statement, a Gore spokesperson said the allegations made by Columbia are ‘without merit’ and it has not been informed of any inquiry by the relevant European authorities.

The spokesperson added that Gore owns the rights to a number of intellectual properties and is looking forward to continuing to work with its long-term partners and customers.