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It’s All About The Red Soles

This fashion trademark story has been running hot with the media for a week or so now. Designer, Christian Louboutin, filed a lawsuit in 2012 against Van Haren, a Dutch company whose retail outlets were selling affordably priced high-heeled women’s shoes with red soles.


The New York Times reports that Lawyers for Mr. Louboutin claimed that the shoes sold by Van Haren, part of its Fifth Avenue by Halle Berry line, infringed on his brand’s trademark for footwear.

That trademark, registered in Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg, referred to “the color red (Pantone 18 1663TP) applied to the sole of a shoe.”

Want more detail?

Head to the Times

Also read World IP Review for further details of the case

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