Christian Louboutin CAN trademark signature red soles after winning appeal (unless the shoe itself is the same colour)

Christian Louboutin CAN trademark signature red soles after winning appeal (unless the shoe itself is the same colour)

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21:43 GMT, 5 September 2012

A federal appeals court in Manhattan says the distinctive red soles of Christian Louboutin shoes are entitled to trademark protection.

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday ruled in favor of the French maker of luxury shoes worn by stars such as Sarah Jessica Parker, Scarlett Johansson and Halle Berry.

The court says Louboutin is entitled to protect its brand against red-soled shoes made by competitor Yves Saint Laurent S.A.S., which is also based in Paris.

Christian Louboutin heels

Win: The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan says the distinctive red soles of Christian Louboutin shoes are entitled to trademark protection

An exception to the rule is when the shoe itself is red as well. In that instance, a rival may match the color of the sole to the color of the shoe.

This would allow YSL to continue to produce 'monochrome' versions of its Tribtoo platform pumps.

Exception: When the shoe itself is red as well, however, a rival may match the color of the sole to the color of the shoe

Exception: When the shoe itself is red as well, however, a rival may match the color of the sole to the color of the shoe

YSL Tribtoo

YSL Tribtoo

Red rival: YSL may now continue to produce 'monochrome' versions of its Tribtoo platform pumps

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in 2008 had granted the trademark protection to Louboutin.

Louboutin has applied glossy vivid red to the outsoles of women's shoes since 1992.

The shoes sell for upwards of $700 a pair.