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Louboutin wins legal battle over red soles

Tuesday - June 12, 2018 5:48 pm , Category : LIFESTYLE
London June 12 (IANS) World-famous designer Christian Louboutin has won a legal battle to protect his brand s distinctive red soles.
In 2012 Louboutin sued rival firm Van Haren for selling high-heeled shoes with scarlet soles reports bbc.com.
Under EU law companies cannot trademark common shapes of products such as the soles of shoes and Van Haren argued that applying red to a shoe sole came under the law and as a result Louboutin did not have trademark protection.
However the European Court of Justice said shape trademarks do not apply to Louboutin s red sole reports bbc.com.
Louboutin first designed his trademark shoe in 1993 using an assistant s red nail polish.
The luxury brand said it "warmly welcomes" the judgement.
"For 26 years the red sole has enabled the public to attribute the origin of the shoe to its creator Christian Louboutin. This case will now be referred back to The Hague Court which is expected to confirm the validity of the red sole trademark " said a statement from the company.

--IANS nv/rb/vd