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BRIEF-Crocs to appeal recent patent office ruling, anticipates no meaningful impact on business

Aug 15 (Reuters) - Crocs Inc:

* Crocs to appeal recent patent office ruling; anticipates no meaningful impact on business

* USPTO’s decision has no immediate or long-term material negative impact on crocs’ business

* In its ruling, USPTO found patent issued to crocs in 2006, which covers design of its classic clog, to be invalid for technical reasons related to crocs own early sales

* Patent at issue remains valid and enforceable during appeals process

* Crocs’ business has not been adversely impacted over last five years, since USPTO first reexamined validity issues with regards to patent

* Says will dispute USPTO’s analysis in its appeal. Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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