This week began with a courtroom kerfuffle after it emerged that a French judge ruled in favour of Zara selling a pair of heels despite Christian Louboutin's claim that the red soles infringed the shoe guru's trademark. Cut to today and Louboutin has responded to the court case with an official statement.
'Much of the discussion either implies or states that through this ruling we have lost our rights to our world famous Red Sole Trademark. We would like to clarify that what has been disputed and canceled is only one French registration of said Red sole Trademark. Christian Louboutin continues to own valid and enforceable trademark rights in its Red Sole Trademark, including in France itself as well as throughout the world.
'A number of court decisions have recognised the strong association between Christian Louboutin and the Red Sole Trademark, including in France. Christian Louboutin will continue to protect and enforce its rights to its Red Sole Trademark which has been its iconic signature for the past 20 years. We would also like to take this opportunity to thank all of the people who continually show support to our brand.'
The case began in June 2011 when Louboutin sued Zara for selling an open-toed shoe which resembled their YoYo creation. Zara hit back by filing an appeal on the grounds that Louboutin's trademark registration was too vague and there was no proven risk of confusion between the two pairs of heels. The Court de Cassation agreed and Louboutin was sentenced to pay £2,000 as compensation.
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