Christian Louboutin Denied Injunction Against Yves Saint Laurent

Back in April, Shoe designer Christian Louboutin filed suit against Yves Saint Laurent in Manhattan federal court for using his trademarked red soles. Louboutin was reportedly seeking more than $1 million in damages from YSL.

On Wednesday, Judge Victor Marrero denied Christian Louboutin a preliminary injunction stating, “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, even if it has gained enough public recognition in the market to have acquired secondary meaning.”

Yves Saint Laurent’s attorney David Bernstein announced that the company will press counterclaims against Louboutin and would ask the court for a summary judgement, which could result in Louboutin’s trademark being terminated.

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