Louboutin first filed a lawsuit in April of last year seeking to prevent YSL from selling a pair of red pumps with matching soles, claiming the shoes infringed on a trademark they hold for their signature red soles. The district court held that Louboutin had no such right, and so the company appealed the case. In September, the U.S. Court of Appeals upheld the lower court’s ruling, stating that Louboutin’s trademark does not apply to cases in which the whole shoe is red.
YSL’s lawyer David H. Bernstein confirmed to us in a brief this morning that the French house considers this a “conclusive victory” and is now moving to dismiss the counterclaims that had been filed following Louboutin’s initial allegations of trademark infringement.
According to the release, YSL has “decided to end what was left of the litigation and refocus its energies on its business and its creative designs.” Furthermore:
“By dismissing the case now, Yves Saint Laurent also wishes to ensure that the Court will not make any further rulings that put at risk the ability of fashion designers to trademark color in appropriate cases.”
We can’t imagine this being an issue for them given Hedi Slimane‘s penchant for all black everything, but always good to keep your options open!