Leonard has been talking about suing Nike over his right. The suit was filed on a travel day for the NBA Finals as Leonard and the Raptors flew to Oakland to begin preparing for Game 3 of the title series against the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday night.
It was filed in California because Leonard maintains a home in San Diego, the suit said. Leonard was a Nike endorser until 2018 and now endorses New Balance.
A Nike spokesman declined to comment, saying the company does not discuss pending litigation. Leonard is scheduled to speak with reporters on Tuesday when practice resumes.
The suit said that Leonard “refined” the logo in December 2011 or January 2012, and eventually consented that Nike could use it on certain products.
Leonard wants the court to decide that he is the author of the logo and that Nike “committed fraud” when registering the logo for copyright.
Leonard is in the NBA Finals for the third time, and got there in his first season as a member of the Raptors after previously playing with the San Antonio Spurs.
He will become a free agent on June 30 and many teams, including the Raptors and Los Angeles Clippers, are expected to attempt to sign him.