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New addition to Christian Louboutin case

on Friday,August 12,2011 21:08

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Shoemaker Christian Louboutin recently sued fashion design company Yves Saint Laurent for producing a similar design to his trademarked - red-sole shoes. This past Wednesday, however, a federal judge denied Louboutin's request to halt YSL's production of the shoes, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The judge believed that it was unusual that the trademark office would even allow a color to be trademarked, according to the media outlet.

"Because in the fashion industry color serves ornamental and aesthetic functions vital to robust competition, the court finds that Louboutin is unlikely to be able to prove that its red outsole brand is entitled to trademark protection," Judge Victor Marrero wrote, the news source reports.

David Bernstein, who is representing YSL, explained that no fashion designer should be able to take a color and trademark it, the news provider reports.

According for Forbes, trademarking a color may seem over the top to some, and it is similiar to when stylist and fashion designer Rachel Zoe trademarked the phrases "I die" and "bananas."
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