• Nov 10, 2009
Porsche AG is known for vigorously defending its intellectual property. It's understandable, as the company has spent more than half a century building its performance-oriented automotive brand around design patents, logos, and the company's familiar vehicle nomenclature. Crocs, Inc., on the other hand, is a shoe manufacturer credited with introducing the world to low-cost injection-molded foam footwear. Crocs does not build cars... um, thankfully.
What Crocs did do was name its popular sandal the "Cayman" (pictured at right). Of course, this set off all the alarms at Porsche as that name is already trademark registered by the automaker for its two-seat sports coupe. What followed next was expected... in mid-May, Crocs received a letter from Porsche notifying them of the alleged trademark infringement. At the end of July, Porsche filed a notice of injunction in German courts against the European use of the Cayman name by Crocs.

While we realize that few of our readers would ever confuse a pair of Crocs' Cayman with the Porsche Cayman, one has to wonder if Porsche is taking this a bit too far. Rumor has it that the Cayman Islands in the western Caribbean are monitoring the situation and already working on their own legal defense... Hat tip to Freddy for the lead!



[Source: Deadline Watch]


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      townandcountry2
      • 5 Years Ago
      BavarianMotorsportClub.org
      • 5 Years Ago
      Actually when you think about it, remember Monster Cables? They are suing everyone for using the name "Monster."
      • 5 Years Ago
      Members of the Alligatoridae around the world eagerly await the next move in this conflict and contemplate what's for dinner.
      Missy
      • 5 Years Ago
      It just goes to prove that people will sue over ANYTHING these days. Good grief, next thing you know everyone will be sueing everyone cuz their kids names are the same.
      Its NOT like someone named another car a cayman, its a shoe for heavens sake!!
      Charles Wood
      • 5 Years Ago
      Here's hoping Crocs wins this one. Porsche folks are nuts. The Cayman Islands were renamed after a form of crocodile that lived in the region, now pretty much extinct I believe, called a Cayman (isn't that a coincidence!). The Cayman name makes far more sense on a pair of Crocs than on a vehicle...Porsche needs to get a clue.
      • 5 Years Ago
      makes sense to me Porsche doesn't want cayman to be a word that describes something cheap crappy and ugly, because which will you see more of cayman crocks or cayman Porsches . If I owned Porsche I would do the same thing.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Quick..... name one other model of Crocs? No one calls them caymans, they are crocs. Doesn't matter which model, they are all crocs.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah... But if you look closer: Porshe Cayman is crappy and ugly, but not cheap. Crocs Cayman are cheap, but neither crappy nor ugly. So, in fact, there's no conflict between the two. They split the market (whatever market that woud be) rather cleanly.
      • 5 Years Ago
      In related news, Porsche has begun a full extermination of the caiman alligator, claiming the whole species is violating copyright laws.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Another example of lawyers doing their oh so important job of pushing paper.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Since Crocs has an alligator for their logo, "Cayman" - a lighter "sort of" crocodile - is a natural extension.

      I don't see how Porsche can argue Crocs doesn't have a right to name a pair of shoes after another type of reptile.

      Yes, if you google "cayman crocodile" it turns up lots of .... crocodiles. It isn't only spelled "caiman" apparently.
        • 5 Years Ago
        How about some proof to back up your claims? Wikipedia doesn't count as proof.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah SJD, what David said!....
        • 5 Years Ago
        Not to mention that the spelling of the scientfic name is Caiman. I can't find any spelled Cayman.

        Caiman crocodilus, Caiman crocodilus apaporiensis, Caiman crocodilus fuscus, Caiman latirostris, and Caiman yacare...
      • 5 Years Ago
      ROFL. corp lawyers run a muck. so stupid
      • 5 Years Ago
      Quite possibly the ugliest shoes every invented and worn by adults. The only person I'll give a pass to is Mario Batali. That guy lays the smack down in Kitchen Stadium and is so good you don't even notice the ugly orange things on his feet.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Be prepared for a Porsche victory here. The German courts almost always issue injunctions to protect the rights of German nationals.
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