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Crocs case could discourage iterative designs

Eileen McDermott, New York

The ITC has issued a preliminary judgment in the Crocs design patent case, marking another big win for design patent owners - but the case may also have some unexpected implications

ITC administrative law judge Charles E Bullock initially determined last week that the design patent on the well-known Crocs brand of shoes is not invalid and unenforceable due to inequitable conduct, as Crocs' opponents had contended.

The initial determination is...

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