image thanks: pinterestthe greatest form of flattery is imitation.... a line popular when you were in high school has appeared to be true in the court case hearing between Christian Louboutin and Yves Saint Laurent.
in april 2010, Louboutin filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against YSL for breaching its copyright of the unmistakable red sole for 1 million dollars in damages and to order YSL to halt production of all red soled shoes in production. Louboutin asked YSL to refrain from using red soles in january of 2010 and did not receive a response. Louboutin spoke out to the evening standard saying,
" My company has a trademark on the red sole and if we don't enforce it this would leave the door open for other brands to copy us while jeopardising the identity of the Louboutin red sole. The red sole has become widely recognised as the distinct sign of my brand in the eyes of women all over the world."YSL fired back saying,
this response, to me, seems a bit juvenile. they are scraping to make a case by bringing up Elizabethan era garb and cinematic glittered ruby red shoes, i dont feel this is a great comparison to the topic at hand. with no decision made, Louboutin requested for an injunction in August to stop the sales of YSL's red soled shoes. Judge Victor Marrero denied this injection, which wasnt good news for Louboutin. The Judge stated,