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Christian Louboutin Loses Red-Sole Case 2011-08-10 10:56:35

Christian Louboutin Loses Red-Sole Case Against Yves Saint Laurent

Christian Louboutin is known for its decadent red-sole footwear, but does that mean other shoe brands can't use the same colored sole? That's what the brand is saying, who's been busy in court seeking trademark protection on its red soles, which was originally granted in 2008. While the trademark ruling is still to be determined, a verdict just came in today denying Christian Louboutin his requested for a preliminary injunction that would have barred Yves Saint Laurent from selling red-soled shoes from its 2011 cruise collection.

"Because in the fashion industry color 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, even if it has gained enough public recognition in the market to have acquired secondary meaning," wrote Judge Victor Marrero in his ruling. Tell us, do you think this is the right ruling? Or, should Christian Louboutin be granted his trademark protection against his popular red-sole shoes?

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bengalspice bengalspice 5 years
Considering that the red sole has obtained secondary meaning, Louboutin should legally be able to hold a trademark for it.
domino2728 domino2728 5 years
If you buy a shoe because it has a red sole then you have a serious problem. Louboutin needs a schtick because the red sole thing is old and tired. Color is for everyone. I am so tired of those red soles, I am embarrassed to wear them. It's as tasteless as using a monogram bag.
bonnieux bonnieux 5 years
"a verdict just came in today denying Christian Louboutin his requested for a preliminary injunction that would " do u see the grammatical error?
mariluiz mariluiz 5 years
I am fed up with the shoes louboutin, they have become so popular that they have lost your exclusivity.
Cris1192 Cris1192 5 years
I don't know hwy YSL would want to put red soles on their shoes, everyone is going to think they are Louboutin's
MashiaraQCS MashiaraQCS 5 years
By this point I think that the red sole has become synonymous with Louboutin. It isn't beyond reason to think that the red sole is not just a trademark but also a stylish statement, which he has built his empire upon. I like looking at a shoe on a woman and knowing the second that she turns that it is a Louboutin. I say, the red sole should be for Louboutin and Louboutin alone.
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