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What a Croc: Footwear IP Lost due to Early Disclosure

The European Court of Justice has upheld a 2016 decision of the European Union Intellectual Property Office to invalidate a European community design registration owned by Crocs.  The Court held that the popular footwear had been disclosed at a trade show in 2002, and that Crocs was thus outside the one-year “grace period” when it filed its application in 2004 seeking to protect its shoe design.  Crocs has two months to appeal the decision.

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