U.S. News | Deckers Sues Target and Iconix for Infringement of UGG Design

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The creator of UGG boots, Deckers has filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California against U.S. retailer, Target and brand management company, Iconix for design patent infringement.

The plaintiff reportedly said that a number of shoe styles, produced by Iconix and sold at Target infringed its trade dress and one of its design patents.

Deckers allegedly accuses other ten unnamed defendants for also infringing on its design patent.

According to the lawsuit, the plaintiff reportedly said that Iconix manufactures, designs and distributes its brand Mossimo, which is sold at Target including Deckers two Mossimo footwear designs.

Deckers alleges that the defendants also infringed on its Bailey Button shoe design registered with U.S. number D5,999,99 which has a button on its side, and the Yoga Sling trade dress for one of Deckers’ sandal styles.

The plaintiff reportedly said that the infringement was deliberate and has caused a lot of damages, unfair competition and confusion.

The design of the Bailey Button boot trade dress is neither essential to its use or purpose nor does it affect the cost or quality of the boot,” Deckers reportedly said.

The case is still ongoing.

Deckers Outdoor Corporation v. TARGET CORPORATION et al

Judge:R Gary Klausner
Court:California Central District Court
Case #:2:19-cv-06215
Nature of Suit:Trademark
Cause:Trademark Infringement
Case Filed: Jul 18, 2019
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