Shoe group Deckers said it is considering appealing a trademark ruling that its Ugh-boot trademark will be removed from the Australian register for non-use.

Under Australian law, a registered trademark can be removed from registration if not sufficiently used.

Deckers, which sells Ugg-branded sheepskin footwear, outerwear and handbags, said it does not expect a material affect on sales because the Ugh-boot trademark is not a significant part of its marketing.

The ruling has no binding legal effect on any of Deckers' other registered trademarks in Australia, including its Ugg Australia logo, or in any other countries. The company's Ugg trademark is registered in the US and more than 40 other countries.

Deckers stopped Australian companies from calling their boots uggs in 2003, when the footwear was catapulted into the fashion forefront.

Australian manufacturers consider the first ruling as a key move toward regaining the ugg style as a generic type of boot.