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French designer suing for allegedly using trademarked design

on Thursday,April 14,2011 22:04

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French designer Christian Louboutin filed a lawsuit against Yves Saint Laurent last week. Louboutin is accusing Yves Saint Laurent of trademark infringement for designing shoes with a red sole, which is Louboutin's signature accent and has been for the past 19 years, according to ABC News.

The designer trademarked the glossy red sole, which is located on the outside of the shoe, at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in 1997. Yves Saint Laurent has included the red-soled shoes in this year's spring collection, along with shoes that have green and purple soles. The news source reports that Louboutin believes that since these shoes are offered at a significantly cheaper price, it devalues his design.

"Defendants' use of a red sole on their infringing footwear threatens to mislead the public, and has impaired plaintiffs' ability to control their reputation," Louboutin said in the complaint, according to the media outlet.

The salary of a fashion designers varies dramatically. Recent graduates may earn a very low annual amount until they establish themselves. In 2008, the median salary for fashion designers was nearly $62,000 but the highest annual salaries were more than $125,000, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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