Porsche Sues: New Shoe Name is a Croc of NSFW

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Can you tell the difference between one of these:

and one of these?

According to a recently filed quarterly report, Porsche is suing the maker of the ubiquitous and ugly shoe over the use of the name “Cayman.”

On May 11, 2009, Crocs Europe B.V. received a letter from Dr. Ing. H.c.F. Porsche AG (”Porsche”) claiming that the Company’s use of the “Cayman” shoe model designator infringes upon their Community Trademark Registration of the mark “CAYMAN” in class 25. Porsche is requesting that Crocs Europe B.V. immediately cease and desist use of the Cayman mark and pay Porsche’s attorney’s fees in conjunction with the issuance of the notice letter. On July 30, 2009 the Company was served with notice of an injunction against Crocs Europe BV’s use of the Cayman mark in Germany.

In the same filing, Crocs says it plans to “vigorously defend” itself against the claims. Could these two possibly be mistaken by anyone? I wonder if the Cayman Islands should start looking for a different name?

[courtesy porschepurist.com]

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  • Bryanska Bryanska on Nov 11, 2009

    God I hope this kills the Croc shoe company. Hideous things. If I see another entire family wearing different colored Crocs I will freak out.

  • Nyagencyspy Nyagencyspy on Nov 14, 2009

    What's ironic about this is that the ad agency Cramer Krasselt is the agency of record for both Porsche and Crocs. What account team would you want to be on?

  • Bob65688581 We bought zillions of German cars, despite knowing about WWII slave labor. Refusing to buy something for ideological reasons is foolish.Both the US and the EU have imposed tariffs, so the playing field is level. I'll buy the best price/quality, regardless of nationality.Another interesting question would be "Would you buy one of the many new European moderate-price EVs?" but of course they aren't sold here.Third interesting question: "Why won't Stellantis sell its best products in America?"
  • Freshblather No. Worried there will be malicious executable code built into the cars motherboard that could disable the Chinese cars in the event of hostilities between the west and China.
  • Bd2 Absolutely not - do not want to support a fascist, totalitarian regime.
  • SCE to AUX The original Capri was beautiful. The abomination from the 90s was no Capri, and neither is this.It looks good, but too similar to a Polestar. And what's with the whacked price?
  • Rover Sig Absolutely not. Ever.
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