Wanna sell a new Aussie drink called “Coca-Cola”?
Maybe taxpayers can help…
The multi-year battle over the ugg trademark began in 2016, when Deckers sued Mr [Eddie] Oygur and his company for selling a dozen ugg boots into the US.
In 2019, a Chicago jury found Mr Oygur and Australian Leather had infringed Deckers’ trademark.
Mr Oygur said he was facing the collapse of his business, owing $US450,000 ($572,629) in damages and millions in legal fees.
His lawyers, including former senator Nick Xenophon, were hopeful following last week’s hearing in the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington DC.
However, today they said they were “gobsmacked” after the appeal was rejected with no reasons given.
“I have no choice but to take this all the way to the US Supreme Court,” Mr Oygur said, calling for government support for his fight.
“It has cost thousands of Australian jobs because ugg boots should be made here rather than overseas, which is where Deckers makes them.”
Mr Oygur has turned a lazy attempt to make a quid on 12 pairs of boots into a multi-million dollar disaster. Now he wants the government to finance another seven (more likely, eight) figure bet. He missed his true calling as a submarine impresario.
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