By Jennifer Rosellen Friday, 15 June 2012
Christian Louboutin has today put the record straight on that Zara case – claiming that it will “continue to protect and enforce” its famous Red Sole Trademark.
Who could forget that, in June 2011, Christian Louboutin sued Spanish brand Zara, claiming that the open-toed, red-soled shoe it was selling for £40 was almost identical to its Yo Yo style? Zara retaliated by filing an appeal on the grounds that Louboutin’s trademark registration was “too vague”. Well, not only did the French court rule in Zara’s favour, agreeing that the cut-price shoe could not be confused with that of the high-end designer, but they also ordered Louboutin to pay Zara £2,000 in compensation – ouch!
Last week the Cour de Cassation – the final court of appeal in France – upheld the decision and Louboutin has responded to the court case with an official statement, released today. It reads:
“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.”
What do you make of the red-soled shoe saga?
Image: Christian Louboutin Daffodil 160 Platforms, £765.