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Death knell sounded by ITC for Crocs imitators

Eileen McDermott, New York

The International Trade Commission (ITC) has issued a rare general exclusion order based on design patent rights against three businesses found to have infringed Crocs Inc’s signature foam footwear

A general, rather than limited, exclusion order is not often granted, as it bans imports of any product deemed to infringe a particular IP right, even if that product was not part of the relevant ITC investigation.

In February this...

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