Crocs settles trademark violation with Walmart – Footwear News
Crocs has settled its trademark infringement lawsuit against Walmart.
In a dismissal notice filed Friday, the Broomfield, Colorado-based clog maker said he had settled the matter with Walmart and dismissed its claims against the big-box store.
Crocs initially filed lawsuits against 21 companies in July 2021, which alleged infringement of its trademarks. The defendants included Walmart Inc., Loeffler Randall Inc. and Hobby Lobby Stores Inc., as well as many lesser-known companies that sell online — or wholesale to retailers such as Walmart.
“We are pleased to have found a resolution,” Walmart said in a statement, declining to comment on the terms of the settlement.
Since the lawsuits were filed last July, Crocs has settled with other individual parties, including Cape Robbin Inc, Fullbeauty Brands Inc., Yoki Fashion International LLC, Shoe-Nami Inc., PW Shoes Inc. and Loeffler Randall Inc. ., according to the court. deposits.
A Crocs spokesperson said in a statement that the company was “pleased to have resolved the matter out of court” and declined to comment on any ongoing litigation with other parties.
“We can confirm that Crocs will continue to aggressively protect its trademarks and other intellectual property rights in the Crocs brand,” the spokesperson said. “We will not tolerate the violation of our rights or those who try to take advantage of the investments we have made in our brand.”
These lawsuits, which were originally filed in several US district courts, are certainly not Crocs’ first legal battles. Recognized for its lightweight clogs, Crocs, which was named Brand of the Year 2020 by FN, has actively sought to protect itself against suspected imitators.
In June 2021, Crocs filed a complaint with the United States International Trade Commission (USITC) requesting an investigation into the illegal importation and sale of allegedly counterfeit footwear.
The brand also scored a long-awaited victory in September 2019, when the US Patent and Trademark Office’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board declared the Classic Crocs clog design patent valid. The patent had already been rejected three times by the USPTO after a lawsuit was filed by one of Crocs’ competitors, USA Dawgs.
In June, Crocs filed a lawsuit against Daiso, a popular Japanese dollar store with locations across the United States, accusing it of copying its designs.