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Don't Step on Louboutin's Red-Soled Shoes, EU Court Says

  • EU judges say the color isn’t covered by limits on shapes
  • Stiletto maker is fighting Dutch company over red-soled shoes
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French designer Christian Louboutin won a fight over trademark protection for his iconic red-soled stiletto shoes.

The ruling by the EU Court of Justice in Luxembourg on Tuesday said the color isn’t covered by limits on trademark protection for the shapes of products. EU trademark law includes such a ban when the shapes are purely functional.