Crocs' European division is being sued by the German automaker Porsche for using the Cayman name that it claims is in violation of Porsche’s trademark on the name.
In its recent 10Q filing, Crocs noted that on May 11, 2009, Crocs Europe B.V. received a letter from Dr. Ing. H.c.F. Porsche AG claiming that the company's use of the “Cayman” shoe model designator infringes upon their Community Trademark Registration of the mark “CAYMAN” in class 25.
Porsche is requesting that Crocs Europe B.V. immediately cease and desist use of the Cayman mark and pay Porsche's attorney's fees in conjunction with the issuance of the notice letter. On July 30, 2009 the company was served with notice of an injunction against Crocs Europe BV's use of the Cayman mark
Crocs said in the filing
that it plans to “vigorously defend itself against these claims.”