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Croc’s Design Patent To Be Invalidated?

Crocs are a popular beach shoe here in Florida, across the U.S., and outside our nation’s borders. Now, the design patent they hold may be in jeopardy according to a number of recent news stories, including one in the January 4, 2008 edition of Forbes online. Holey Soles Holdings in Vancouver, Canada and Crocs are waging war against each other, since Crocs began in 2005 to try and push Holey Soles out of the market. Most recently, The European Union declared Croc’s patent invalid, claiming that their Beach model shoes "lack individual character" versus other similar brands. (Perhaps in testament to the value of patents Crocs’ stock price dropped $5.00 or 13.2% this past Friday, January 4, 2008.)   The two companies make shoes that are very similar to one another; Crocs believes Holey Soles is violating their pa