Briefly: Crocs Sues Over Copycats

BROOMFIELD, Colo. – Crocs, Inc. (NADSAQ: CROX), the footwear company, said in a press release today that it had filed lawsuits against 21 companies alleging infringements of its registered trademarks. The lawsuits, filed in multiple U.S. District Courts, seek monetary damages for violations relating to Crocs’ three-dimensional trademark rights.

Defendants named in the lawsuits include: Cape Robbin Inc.; Bijora, Inc., d/b/a Akira; Dr. Leonard’s Healthcare Corp. d/b/a/ Carol Wright; Crocsky; Fujian Huayuan Well Import and Export Trade Co., Ltd.; Fullbeauty Brands Inc. d/b/a Kingsize; Hawkins Footwear, Sports, Military & Dixie Store; Hobibear Shoes and Clothing Ltd.; Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc.; Ink Tee; La Modish Boutique; Legend Footwear, Inc., d/b/a Wild Diva; Loeffler Randall Inc.; Maxhouse Rise Ltd. (Walmart Supplier); PW Shoes, Inc. a/k/a P&W; Royal Deluxe Accessories, LLC; Shoe-Nami, Inc.; Star Bay Group Inc.; Walmart, Inc., Yoki Fashion International LLC; Quanzhou ZhengDe Network Corp., d/b/a Amoji; and 718Closeouts.

On June 8, they filed complaints with the United States International Trade Commission (ITC) seeking an investigation of unlawfully imported shoes into the United States in violation of its registered trademarks.

The brand has had a revival in interest in recent months, due to Instagram posts and celebrity sightings. At the beginning of the month, they introduced psychedelic Crocs in a collaboration with Diplo, a dj with two million followers on Twitter. The Diplo X Crocs Classic Clog, pictured above, featured a swirled pink, blue and yellow paint-inspired graphic loaded with light-up, three-dimensional mushroom Jibbitz.


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