LUXEMBOURG — Jun 12, 2018, 9:08 AM ET

Designer Louboutin wins case on red soled high-heels

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The European Union's top court has defended French fashion designer Christian Louboutin's claim to trademark red soled high-heel shoes.

The European Court of Justice ruled Tuesday that Van Haren, a Dutch company that sold similar shoes, had infringed the trade mark.

The court said that it did not matter that its shoes were different in shape. It said the registration of the trademark "sought solely to protect that application of a colour to a specific part of that product."

Louboutin said in a statement that it "warmly welcomes this judgment."

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  • JuPMod

    Just great. Now companies can trademark colors. I know there are certain shades of a particular color, yet IMO, this is silly. It's not like these companies actually *invented* the colors, right?

  • bibleexpert

    Sometimes it seems like shoes have more rights than humans.

  • Publius2k

    "The court said that it did not matter that its shoes were different in shape. It said the registration of the trademark 'sought solely to protect that application of a colour to a specific part of that product.'"

    This is yet more legal idiocy from insular EU asylum. Coating part of a product with a standard color alone - with NO logo or TM notification on it - now is enough to be a product trademark? Other manufacturer's now will have a field day - especially Apple with its "trademark" white products.

  • sixstrings

    how the hell do women wear shoes like that...seems like it would be like wearing some kind of medieval torture device.

  • Eva

    Best shoes ever.

  • Hans Thorsen

    Shoes with red heels were a fashion statement for women AND men in the 17th and 18th century. Not sure how someone can "patent" that which pre-existed.

  • 80HD

    But what shade of red/black?

  • Benny The Jack

    I think i should file that patent for white socks