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Paris’ court of appeal has given Christian Louboutin's exclusive rights over his iconic red soles, after the shoe designer entered a legal battle with a leather goods company offering similar models. Christian Louboutin’s shoes are famous for the soles in bright red -- more specifically, color number 18.1663TP in Pantone’s color chart.
In 2013, Christian Louboutin gave notice to leather goods company Kesslord, which offered red-soled shoes, claiming it reproduced the characteristics of its trademark product. After several exchanges, Kesslord finally decided to bring Mr. Louboutin and his company before a court in Paris, requesting the trademark to be nullified.
In March 2017, the court has decided in favor of Christian Louboutin and sentenced Kesslord to pay 5,000 euros to the French designer and his company. Paris’ Court of Appeal confirmed this judgment on Thursday, raising the amount owed by Kesslord to a total of 7,500 euros.
"With this judgment, the Court of Appeal confirms that the affixing of red color on the sole of a high-heeled shoe is protectable under trademark law, confirming the argument supported by Christian Louboutin for several years, and recognizes the exclusive nature of this sign that allows the public to identify the creator ", said a statement sent by the Louboutin House to AFP.
This is not the first time Louboutin has gotten himself involved in a legal battle over the red soles. In 2012 in particular, a court in the United States also recognized them as Louboutin’s trademark, "except if the rest (of the shoe) is the same color".
Another procedure is currently underway at the European Union Court of Justice, which is expected to make a decision in the coming weeks. In this case, Louboutin is suing a Dutch company. (AFP)