Crocs loses EU court battle over patent claim

Crocs loses EU court battle over patent claim
 

Crocs, the manufacturer of a range of plastic clogs, has lost a battle to protect its design from copycats.
Judges in Luxembourg backed a decision by the EU’s intellectual property office (EUIPO) in 2016 to cancel legal protection for the shoe.
The European court of justice agreed that as the clog had made its debut at a boat show in Florida in 2002 and had featured on the company’s website, Crocs was too late when it sought its patent in 2004.
Under EU rules, protection cannot be provided if a design has been released to the public more than 12 months before an application is made.
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14 March 2018 in World News, Views: 51
Source: Guardian
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