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Rocket Dog in design dispute

Rocket Dog, the US-based women’s footwear brand, has filed a High Court complaint against UK high street retailers New Look, Shoe Zone and Peacocks for allegedly copying one of its designs.

The brand accuses the retailers of copying its ‘splatter print’ design on their own products during 2009.

It says the design, a multicoloured splatter effect on a single-coloured background with Rocket Dog’s branding, including its dog logo, was unveiled at trade fair Bread & Butter Berlin in January 2008.

The brand claims it wrote to each defendant three times during 2009 and in early 2010, highlighting its rights over the design, before launching a High Court complaint earlier this year. It is claiming protection under the European Community’s unitary industrial design right as an unregistered community design.

Shoe Zone has rejected the claims, including the date the design was created, used and unveiled by Rocket Dog, and denied that it fulfils the criteria of being new or individual in style, which would allow it EU protection. Shoe Zone said: “We withdrew the lines from sale immediately. The supplier is responsible for settling any claim.” New Look and Peacocks declined to comment.

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