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 Xenophon's US Ugg Protest
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 Posted: Oct 8 2017, 07:00 PM
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Nick Xenophon’s Californian protest puts boot into US company over right to use the word ‘Ugg’

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The master of the political stunt is about to herd sheep in California as part of a protest over an Australian firm’s right to use the name “Ugg”.

Just days after dropping a bombshell that he is leaving the Senate to stand in next year’s South Australian State election, Senator Nick Xenophon boarded a plane for Santa Barbara to tackle Deckers Outdoor Corporation.

He says small business Australian Leather has been hit with a multimillion- dollar punitive damages lawsuit by Deckers, saying it cannot use the word “Ugg“ when referring to the iconic footwear.

“Over $1 billion worth of Ugg boots are sold by Deckers around the world, their brand is Ugg Australia, their boots are made in China or Vietnam,” Senator Xenophon told Sky News on Sunday.

He argues Australia should protect the word Ugg because potentially thousands of jobs could be created if it could have that export industry.

He likened it to the French protecting the name champagne, the Portuguese protecting port and the Greeks protecting fetta.

“In about 24 hours I’ll be in Santa Barbara outside Deckers’ headquarters protesting, hopefully with a flock of sheep, about what Deckers is doing,” he said on Sunday.

“Americans need to know about this.”


https://thewest.com.au/business/retail/nick-xenophons-californian-protest-puts-boot-into-us-company-over-right-to-use-the-word-ugg-ng-b88622571z

This is an issue that has been around since 1999 when Deckers first registered the Ugg brand name. In Australia and New Zealand the name had been in use for many years yet our weak-kneed politicians over the past 2 decades have done nothing to protect the iconic name and the Australian jobs that come with it.
Well done to Nick Xenophon for taking up the cause and being prepared to confront the Yanks.

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 Posted: Oct 8 2017, 07:18 PM
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yep that will help our problems
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 Posted: Oct 8 2017, 07:34 PM
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I wish them luck with it, but not holding my breath, especially as the court case is in the US.🚂🚍🗽
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 Posted: Oct 9 2017, 10:36 AM
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Yes credit to him.

Win or lose, at least he is having a go.

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 Posted: Oct 9 2017, 05:00 PM
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What I want to know is, how is it even remotely possible for this Deckers mob to launch this bullshit? I have heard of this several months ago, and I thought it was over by now, but typical American attitude. We see it, we take it, we say it's ours! Surely there are rules, regulations, ownership laws, patents....something to protect people from these scam artists!
It's so wrong to just tread on another business, just because you want it!
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Yes we can moan about it as we eat our Hungry Jacks because some Aussie had copy written the name Burger King and wouldn't sell..

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......It's still wrong! http://fairdinkumnewschat.com/mad.gif

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The difference between a "justice system" and a "legal system". http://fairdinkumnewschat.com/rolleyes.gif http://fairdinkumnewschat.com/rolleyes.gif http://fairdinkumnewschat.com/rolleyes.gif
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Like the rest do your job showpony
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