Sept. 21 - Chicago Daily Law Bulletin
Louboutin has been at the center of a trademark controversy that is of great importance to the fashion industry. Louboutin v. Yves Saint Laurent. 2012 WL 3832285 (2nd Cir.). It stems from his claim of trademark protection over a single color—red—as it appears on the soles of his high-heeled shoes. His bright, red-lacquered soles have been appearing on his designer shoes since 1992. In 2008, he actually obtained a federal trademark registration for a mark consisting of "a lacquered red sole on footwear."