Designer Louboutin wins case on red soled high-heels

The European Union's top court has defended French fashion designer Christian Louboutin's claim to trademark red soled high-heel shoes.

A European court ruled that Van Haren, a company that sold similar shoes, infringed the trade mark

The European court said the registration of the trademark "sought solely to protect that application of a colour to a specific part of that product." (Cliff Owen/The Associated Press)

The European Union's top court has defended French fashion designer Christian Louboutin's claim to trademark red soled high-heel shoes.

The European Court of Justice ruled Tuesday that Van Haren, a Dutch company that sold similar shoes, had infringed the trade mark.

The court said that it did not matter that the shoes were different in shape. It said the registration of the trademark "sought solely to protect that application of a colour to a specific part of that product."

Louboutin said in a statement that it "warmly welcomes this judgment."

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