The battle of the red sole

The battle of the red sole has been put to an end….or not?

A French court ruled in favor of Zara over the right to sell red-soled shoes. shoe designer Christian Louboutin who uses the red-sole trademark had initially won the case in 2011, but Zara went to higher court and now won the case.

Christian Louboutin confirmed that they are determined to continue defending their red soles. They registered a new trademark with more details about the red soles like pantone color and they will enforce this trademark against any infringers.

Last year, they also tried suing Yves Saint Laurent, who clearly made the statement that Louboutin did NOT invent the red sole and that YSL has been using them since the seventies.

There is enough evidence that Louboutin is not the first to use red soles, so it will be interesting to see how future courts will handle his self-acclaimed exclusive use of the red sole.

The shoe designer has many more court cases running. It seems like he’s spending more time in court than designing shoes.

Do you agree that he has the right to claim exclusive use of the red sole?
I tend to disagree with Mr Louboutin…

Gucci and Guess in court

The battle is on! Gucci and Guess faced off in federal court for the first time this week. Gucci sued Guess in 2009 for selling items with “studied imitations of the Gucci trademarks” including a green and red stripe design, a square G, the designer’s name in flowing script and interlocking G’s in a diamond pattern, all details commonly found on Gucci products.

If Gucci wins the case, Guess not only needs to pay them 26 million dollars…but  give them also part of the earning made with those pieces (estimated 98 million dollars).

We should know more in a couple of week. Looking at the pictures here, Gucci has a pretty good case if you ask me…