Louboutin sees red: signature red sole shoes not protected against copyright and trade mark infringement

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Nowadays, it seems common to see women of all ages strutting around the city with red soled shoes. For some people, seeing red soled shoes means nothing. However, the fashion savvy will be quick to recognise that the owner has probably paid a small fortune for their shoes, produced by exclusive French designer, Christian Louboutin.

Louboutin’s shoes are so famous that they even inspired a song by Jennifer Lopez called Louboutins.

Louboutin obtained a trade mark in the United States for a lacquered red sole on footwear in 2008 (Trade Mark). Colour trade mark applications have also become quite common in Australia, though colour combination trade marks seem to be granted more readily than single colour trade marks.

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