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An interesting legal battle has begun between Deckers Outdoor Corporation, the US company behind the renowned Australian UGG boots, and Australian manufacturers.

00:20
While “ugg” refers to traditional Australian sheepskin boots, the first of which was made in the Blue Mountains in the 1930s, Deckers nonetheless trademarked the name.

00:33
The latter is now prohibiting the selling of ugg boots by Australian manufacturers worldwide and demanding punitive damages totaling millions of dollars.

00:44
On top of that, Deckers is also requesting for a transfer of all sums in Australian Leather’s bank accounts to that of Deckers’. This is based on Deckers’ claim that Australian Leather violated its registered trademark in the US.

1:01
Eddie Oygur, the founder of Australian Leather, flew to the US to defend not just his company, but also “the Australian boot industry”.

1:12
Likening the tie of ugg boots to Australians to that of feta and the Greeks, Australian independent Senator Nick Xenophon has also pointed out the issue in the Australian parliament.

 

*Vocabulary:

Renowned (adj.)– widespread and high repute; fame.
Punitive (adj.)– serving for, concerned with, or inflicting punishment.
Violate (v.)– to break, infringe, or transgress (a law, rule, agreement, promise, instructions, etc.)

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