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Professors side with YSL on red sole mark

Eileen McDermott, New York

Eleven law professors have denounced the way Louboutin and INTA have applied the doctrine of aesthetic functionality in Louboutin’s battle with Yves Saint Laurent over red-soled shoes

Louboutin sued Yves Saint Laurent (YSL) for infringing US trade mark number 3,361,597 in April this year, but a judge denied its motion for a preliminary injunction in August. While Louboutin uses the red outsole in contrast on black shoes...

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