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In an epic battle against Yves Saint Laurent
, the courts granted Christian Louboutin
the rights to his signature red sole—thus signifying that a color can
indeed be trademarked in the fashion industry.
But this time the ruling comes with one exception. Design copycats are allowed to paint their soles red—if and only if—the shoe is the same color.
Seems fair, right?
Either way, the French luxury brand seems pleased with the results and sounds ready to take down anyone who dares mimic its look
. Here's a statement the company released following the court's decision yesterday:
We welcome the decision of the Court of Appeals and will study today’s ruling at great length. We are extremely pleased and gratified that the Appellate Court found our key arguments to be correct: first that color can and does serve as a trademark in the fashion industry, and that Christian Louboutin’s world famous Red Sole trademark is valid, protectable and enforceable.
As we have said throughout these proceedings and we reiterate now, especially in the light of this decision, we will continue to take all steps available to protect our trademark.
What do you think of the ruling? And are you a fan of Louboutin's iconic red-soled shoes? Let us know in the comments!