Thursday, 11 August 2011
Louboutin red sole no longer exclusive brand trademark
The trademark red sole of Christian Louboutin shoes will no longer belong to the fancy French brand, after the company lost a legal battle against rival YSL for exclusive rights to the signature look.
The legal battle, which took place in New York, saw a bitter contest between the two major fashion houses over what Loubotuon said was the soul of its extravagantly expensive shoes - the signature scarlet outsole. However, in federal court the judge rule that Louboutin, even if weidely recognised for its trailblazing use of the red undersole of its shoes, could not stop competitors like YSL from doing the same.
"Because in the fashion industry colour serves ornamental and aesthetic functions vital to robust competition, the court finds that Louboutin is unlikely to be able to prove that its red outsole brand is entitled to trademark protection, stated the judge.
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Posted by Bambi at 16:10