YSL seeks to dismiss counterclaims against Louboutin

Fashion house wants to “refocus its energies on its business and its creative designs”

French luxury fashion house Yves Saint Laurent (YSL) wants to end its dispute with Paris-based shoe designer Christian Louboutin and his company, Louboutin SA, once and for all.

Louboutin sued YSL in April 2011, claiming YSL’s all-red shoes infringed Louboutin’s famous red-soled shoes, which the company began selling in 1992 and patented in 2008. In September, the 2nd Circuit found that Louboutin is entitled to trademark protection for its red-soled shoes but only has the right to trademark red soles that contrast with the rest of the shoe, meaning YSL can continue selling its monochromatic shoes. The 2nd Circuit remanded the case back to the district court for more proceedings, including consideration and counterclaims from YSL.

Ashley Post

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