Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Uggs again

Given the substantiality of comments, I decided I should probably put in a bit of spade work on this one.

I am completely unsure of how long uggs have been around, but can tell you that Decker Outdoors Corporation trade marked 'Ugg Australia' in Feb, 1999. There are heaps of other 'uggs' registered also, such as Kris Kros Ugg Australia.

My guess is that Decker bought a company, along with a registered TM, then tried to stop all the other uggers using it. The other uggers one, it seems.

Therefore, one can use a non-generic term like Kris Kros Ugg, but can't just register Ugg on its own. See what I mean?

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