This has been a disappointing week for Christian Louboutin. The French luxury shoe company lost its suit against Spanish retailer, Zara. Louboutin brought suit in a French court for what it alleged was trademark infringement stemming from its famous Yoyo pump. No only did the court rule for Zara, it ordered Louboutin to pay Zara $3,600 in legal fees. Louboutin, the maker of the iconic red soles, has finally released a statement:
“Much of the discussion either implies or states that through this ruling we have lost our rights to our world famous Red Sole Trademark. We would like to clarify that what has been disputed and canceled is only one French registration of said Red sole Trademark. Christian Louboutin continues to own valid and enforceable trademark rights in its Red Sole Trademark, including in France itself as well as throughout the world.
A number of court decisions have recognised the strong association between Christian Louboutin and the Red Sole Trademark, including in France. Christian Louboutin will continue to protect and enforce its rights to its Red Sole Trademark, which has been its iconic signature for the past 20 years. We would also like to take this opportunity to thank all of the people who continually show support to our brand.”