Crocs filed a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) seeking an investigation of allegedly ”unlawfully imported shoes” into the U.S. in ”violation of its registered trademarks.”
With the complaint, Crocs is seeking to block the importation and subsequent sale of products into the U.S. that infringe on its trademark rights. “The relief sought by Crocs will apply to any importer of infringing products and protect the Crocs brand from those who seek to unfairly trade off of Crocs’ success, in perpetuity,” the company said in a statement.
The complaint follows a 2006 request filed by Crocs with the ITC relating to its design and utility patent rights for the Crocs Classic Clog. It resulted in the ITC issuing a general exclusion order barring the importation of product infringing Crocs’ patent rights
In addition, Crocs appointed Tracy Gardner to its board of directors on June 9. She became the footwear company’s ninth board member.
Gardner currently splits her time between board work, advising enterprise start-up companies, and serving as guest visiting professor at New York University.
She has been a principal of Tracy Gardner Consultancy since 2010. From 2004 to 2010, she held a number of leadership roles at J.Crew Group, Inc. where she ultimately served as president. She also spent more than 11 years in several omni-channel leadership roles across Gap Inc.’s portfolio of brands.
Since 2015, Gardner has been a board member of Gap. Additionally, she has been a board director for Win NYC, the largest provider of shelter and supportive housing for New York City’s homeless families, since 2011.