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Deckers Outdoor wins infringement case

DECKERS Outdoor Corporation, owner of the UGG Australia trademark, was paid 30,000 yuan (US$4,760) in compensation by a Chinese company for using the UGG logo on its shoes sold to foreign countries, the Shanghai No.1 Intermediate People's Court said yesterday.

The US shoe maker filed a civil lawsuit against Henan Sunrise Fur & Leather Co in January after Shanghai Customs seized nearly 5,000 boots, shoes and slippers bearing the UGG logo last July. The shipment was valued at US$69,559, the customs said.

In the court, Deckers demanded a compensation of 5 million yuan and a public apology from Sunrise, saying UGG is one of the 350 famous trademarks protected by the State Administration for Industry and Commerce in a document issued last November.

Sunrise argued that it produced the shoes for foreigner clients who provided the UGG logo and had done no damage to Deckers because the whole shipment was seized by Shanghai Customs.

The court ruled that Sunrise should pay compensation because it could not provide any evidence about its foreign clients.


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