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Louboutin keeps Red Sole Exclusivity in European Legal Battle

Louboutin keeps Red Sole Exclusivity in European Legal Battle

A European Union court has decided in favour of design mogul Christian Louboutin, who was involved in a legal battle to protect its shoes’ world-famous red soles.

From now one, Louboutin’s exclusivity to produce shoes with a particular shade of red will be legally protected in Europe, the court decided. In its decision, the court recognized a brand’s right to trademark a specific colour on the soles of its shoes.

Louboutin is famous for applying a red lacquer to the soles of its high-heeled shoes, namely Pantone 18-1663 TPX (also known as “Chinese Red”). 

Source: pantone

The cause has spent years in the European legal system. Pantone first came after shoemaker Van Haren for trademark infringement after they started selling identically-coloured heels in 2012. Van Haren argued that Pantone’s trademark was invalid as registered, and that a combination of shape and colour could not be legally trademarked in Europe.

Source: Journal de Montréal 

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