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Money Louboutin wins key legal battle over red soles

12:30  13 june  2018
12:30  13 june  2018 Source:   news.sky.com

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Shoe maker Christian Louboutin has won a key European legal battle to protect his products' signature red soles as a trademark.

French luxury shoe designer Christian Louboutin won a lengthy EU legal battle over trademarking his signature red - soled high-heeled shoes, the court and the company said on Tuesday.

A woman wearing a pair of Christian Louboutin shoes sits in the front row at the Project Runway Fall 2010 collection during New York Fashion Week February 12, 2010. © Reuters A woman wearing a pair of Christian Louboutin shoes sits in the front row at the Project Runway Fall 2010 collection during New York Fashion Week February 12, 2010. Shoe maker Christian Louboutin has won a key European legal battle to protect his products' signature red soles as a trademark.

The European Court of Justice ruled in favour of the French luxury brand after it sought to prevent Dutch high street chain Van Haren from selling its own versions of high-heeled shoes with red soles.

Its ruling centred on whether the red soles should be considered to consist exclusively of a "shape" - in which case it would not have been entitled to trademark protection.

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Europe’s highest court has backed Christian Louboutin in its battle to protect its distinctive red soles . However, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) said that shape trademarks do not apply to Louboutin ’s red sole .

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Louboutin had brought the case in the Netherlands after Van Haren began selling red-soled shoes in 2012, and a district court in The Hague referred it to the ECJ.

The ECJ's advocate general, who provides legal advice to the court, had found against Louboutin, but the judges rejected this advice.

A "sign" which consists exclusively of a shape cannot be trademarked in EU law.

But the judges found that while a shape does create an outline for the colour on Louboutin's red soles, that shape was not what the trademark was seeking to protect.

They ruled that the mark at issue "does not relate to a specific shape of sole for high-heeled shoes".

The "shape" was simply the outline for showing where the colour was located on the bottom of the shoe, the court found.

Having had this point of law settled, the case now returns to the Dutch court for a final judgment.

Founded in 1991, Louboutin, whose footwear typically retails for more than £500, is a high-end fashion favourite made popular by celebrities including the stars of Sex and the City.

The company welcomed the judgment, saying in a statement: "The protection of Christian Louboutin's red sole trademark is strengthened by the European Court of Justice."

In 2012, it won a similar case in the US.

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