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Aesthetic Functionality in the TTAB since Louboutin

The doctrine of aesthetic functionality was revived in the recent Louboutin case to protect the competitive need to use color to communicate a particular message. In that case, Christian Louboutin S.A. tried to enforce its...more

Signature Style

First red soles, now woven leather handbags. Trademark law is catching up to what aficionados have known for a long time—you don’t always need a logo to identify a fashion house’s signature pieces....more

Walking into a Trademark Dispute

The latest shoe dispute involves AirWair International Ltd. (“AirWair”), who manufactures the Dr. Martens shoe brand, and an alleged knock-off being sold by Cels Enterprises, Inc., d/b/a Chinese Laundry (“Chinese Laundry”)...more

Trademark Review - Volume 3 | Issue 7 July 2013

In This Issue: • The Power Shifts Back to Kelly-Brown • The Color Black Is Aesthetically Functional for Floral Boxes • Louboutin’s Red Soled Shoes Keep Marching On • Multiple Fashion Retailers Can Enjoy Use...more

The Katten Kattwalk – Spring 2013

In this issue: - Questions Left Unanswered by Louboutin Case - Supreme Court Rules on Covenant Not to Sue - An Eye for Fashion: New York Magazine Presents New York’s - Women Leaders in the...more

Louboutin Sees Red Again: Protecting Color as a Trademark

Christian Louboutin filed suit last week in Federal District Court in New York against Charles Jourdan Fashion Footwear and unnamed companies and John and Jane Does for trademark counterfeiting and infringement and other...more

Louboutin International Trademark Dispute

Those of us who love fashion and have closets overflowing with more pairs of shoes than we probably need are likely familiar with Louboutin pumps. These sky-high heels have a very distinctive look and design. Louboutin heels...more

Aesthetic Functionality and the Use of “Color Marks” in the Fashion Industry

For more than a century, courts have grappled with whether to extend the protections of trademark laws to colors. In 1995, however, the Supreme Court recognized that both the “language . . . and the basic underlying...more

Trademark Office Denies Louboutin’s Request to Broaden Trade Dress in Red Sole Shoes

The red hot dispute continues between Christian Louboutin and Yves Saint Laurent (“YSL”) over Louboutin’s red sole shoe trademark. On January 16, 2013, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office rejected Louboutin’s request to...more

The Louboutin Color Trademark Controversy Continues

While watching Lena Dunham stumble in her 6-inch Louboutin red-soled heels during the 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards broadcast, our comments revolved around the fact that her dress was so long, she should have worn slippers...more

Fashion Law Making Strides off the Runway: 2012 Year in Review

This year has been marked by significant judicial and legislative developments relating to the fashion industry in the United States....more

Fashion Week in the Second Circuit: A Win-Win for Louboutin and YSL

Both Christian Louboutin and Yves Saint Laurent have claimed victory in the Second Circuit's much anticipated decision in Christian Louboutin SA v. Yves Saint Laurent America Holding Inc., decided on September 5, 2012. And in...more

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