YSL “Winning” vs. Christian Louboutin in the Case of the Red Soled Shoes!
This just in: Christian Louboutin‘s request for an injunction to stop sales of red-soled shoes made by Yves Saint Laurent has been denied by U.S. Federal judge, Judge Victor Marrero, who said that Louboutin wasn’t able to prove that its red soles deserve trademark protection.
The Wall Street Journal reports that the judge stated “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.”
Note: YSL claims that the YSL red- soled shoes in question have been selling since 2004.
So what do you think? Do you think you can trademark a color and prevent other designers from using it? Do you think Christian Louboutin should win? Or do you agree with the judge??? Inquiring minds want to know…
- Judge Doubts Christian Louboutin’s ‘Red Sole’ Claims (businesslawdaily.net)
- Louboutin Vs YSL… (januarysublime.com)
- U.S. Federal Judge Denies Christian Louboutin Red Sole Injunction (foxnews.com)
- Christian Louboutin Can’t Stop the Inevitable Flood of Red-Soled Shoes [Fashion] (gawker.com)
- Art Law Meets Trademark Law in Christian Louboutin v Yves Saint Laurent (copyrightlitigation.blogspot.com)
- Louboutin Loses Bid to Bar Saint Laurent Red-Sole Shoe Sales (businessweek.com)
- YSL VS Christian Louboutin: The Saga Continues As One Luxury Label Tries To Sue Another (thegloss.com)
- FASHION NEWS: Louboutin vs YSL Court Case (rubysview.com)
- Louboutin could lose red-sole monopoly (cbc.ca)
- Luxury Makers Battle Over Red-Soled Shoe (online.wsj.com)