As crocs are vastly emerging back into fashion, it comes as no surprise that retailers, including Walmart and Hobby Lobby are allegedly copying the famous clog design, thus infringing on Crocs’ intellectual property.
Last week, the shoe-maker filed four trade mark infringement lawsuits through several US district courts, which allege that a number of companies have violated its trade marks and other intellectual property rights. As per one of the suits, Crocs has accused Walmart of selling cheap knockoffs of their clogs under different names, including “Time and Tru” and “George”.
Crocs states in a separate suit that such copycat products are likely to “cause confusion or to deceive customers”. As a once mocked shoe design, the famous clogs have certainly increased in popularity during the past year or so. This has been aided by the company’s collboration with artists such as Post Malone, Justin Bieber and Bad Bunny.
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