Louboutin wins red sole trademark case in India

LouboutinFrench designer Christian Louboutin has won the infringement case related to its red sole trademark in India. The trademark covers red soles on high-heeled shoes and is registered in India under number 1922048.

On December 12, ruling in favor of the designer, the Delhi High Court awarded Louboutin damages of $156,078 and a permanent injunction against two India-based shoe sellers.

Delhi High Court said, “The goodwill and renowned reputation of the ‘red sole’ trademark has spilled over into India from various countries around the world and consumers were well aware of this goodwill and reputation even before the plaintiff’s trademark was first formally launched in India.”

In June 2016, the summons in the dispute was issued to the defendants, which are based in New Delhi. According to the complainant, the defendants had sold women’s high-heeled shoes featuring a red sole.

The court’s judgment outlines several claims in support of the reputation of the ‘red sole’ trademark, including extensive use since 1992, extensive promotion of Louboutin products, and various awards and accolades for them.

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