Sunday, April 10, 2011

Christian Louboutin Sues YSL

A YSL shoe. There’s only room for one designer with signature red soled shoes in this town. Louboutin claims that YSL is violating trademark and misleading the public by producing their own designs with red soles. Yves Saint Laurent has made some red pumps with matching red soles. Christian Louboutin, in a fierce display of red-sole entitlement, is suing YSL for this.The Telegraph explains:
Yves Saint Laurent's spring 2011 collection features a pair of red suede shoes with matching red soles, which have prompted Louboutin to file court papers in New York suing them. The collection also features purple shoes with purple soles, navy with navy soles and green with green soles, but it's the red soles that have sparked the legal action.
The spring collection is not the first time YSL has made red shoes with matching red soles (the pumps pictured are from a past season collection and currently available on Bluefly). Louboutin's legal team argues in court papers: "The defendants use of red footwear outsoles that are virtually identical to plaintiff's Red Sole Mark is likely to cause and is causing confusion, mistake and deception among the relevant purchasing public as to the origin of the infringing footwear." Do these shoes really confuse you? YSL's platform pumps are pretty distinctive in the shape and contour of the sole and heel, hue of the back of the shoe aside. Maybe the question is: Are the number of people who know what a Loub is that much greater than the number of people who can spot a YSL Tribute pump?

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