Friday, May 13, 2016

Oh, patents ! Christian Louboutin

Copyright © Françoise Herrmann

If you ever see the soles of a pair of stilettos that are the color of Chinese New Year red envelopes, or more precisely coded Pantone 18-1663 TPX, chances are that they are Christian Louboutin shoes! 

If you are not sure, just look at the price tag…Christian Louboutin has ranked among the five top brands (i2008) and at the top (in 2009of the Luxury Insitute’s Luxury Brand Status Index (LBSI) in the category of  Most Prestigious Women’s Shoes!

And no doubt for good cause... according to Dr. Shoooes (aka Mathilde Toulot), these shoes are to die for!

Prior to setting up shop in Paris in 1991, the French shoe designer Christian Louboutin designed shoes for French luxury designer brands such as Yves St. Laurent, Chanel, and Charles Jourdan. He also worked backstage at the Folies Bergères... 

His signature red-soled shoes are famously high-heeled, but hardly exclusively… Christian Louboutin also designs high-tops, flats, boat shoes, loafers, sandals and all the other usual shoe suspects --in the most vibrant palette of colors, with the most exquisite detail and style. For men too, the red-soled Louboutin shoes also sport a full spectrum Pantone palette, and prints too!

Indeed, dare to take a peek at the possibilities! You can sort your viewing options by color, heel height, material and size at the  Christian Louboutin website!

Christian Louboutin was awarded ten US design shoe patents, with three additional US design patents awarded for a Louboutin handbag (USD751,814), a cardcase (USD696,513and a handbag clasp (USD698,550).

 As a reminder: “a utility patent” protects the way an article is used and works (35 U.S.C. 101), while a "design patent" protects the way an article looks (35 U.S.C. 171).  

Louboutin Cinderella shoe
USD715034 titled Footwear and awarded on October. 14, 2014, is the Louboutin Cinderella shoe design patent. A figure drawing from the patent appears below, and next to it, the marketed and priceless Louboutin Cinderella evening shoe.

USD715034 - Footwear awarded to Christian. Louboutin

Christian Louboutin (website)

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