Fighting for the shoes: 5 IP shoe battles before the Crocs

Law360 (July 20, 2021, 7:42 p.m. EDT) – A sprawling set of infringement lawsuits filed by Crocs Inc. last week over plastic-like clogs isn’t the first such battle over shoe designs.

Crocs ‘federal lawsuits, along with previous charges against the United States International Trade Commission, target Walmart, Hobby Lobby, Skechers and others, and claim that the alleged violators have copied Crocs’ general appearance and violated two commercial clothing registrations.

By going on the IP offensive, the shoemaker follows a well-marked path. Fashion designs fall outside of any area of ​​U.S. intellectual property law, but shoe companies in particular seem to have been willing to …

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