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The importance of Louboutin shoes for European trademark law

On 12 June 2018, Christian Louboutin’s won a key legal battle in the war over the trade mark of his red-soled shoes when the European Court of Justice (ECJ) stated that their red colour was separate from the shape of the soles. For a bit of background, Paris­-based Christian Louboutin has marketed the red­bottomed shoes for more than a quarter of a century, and they featured even on the television series “Sex and the City.” Louboutin had registered trademarks in Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg, covering footwear in and high­heeled shoes, where the colour red is applied to the sole of a shoe.

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