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Edited by on June 15 2012 at 8:07 AM

Chistian Louboutin is notoriously touchy when it comes to their patented “Chinese Red” soles and after recently losing a trademark case against Zara, the company issued a statement letting everyone know that that patent is still very much in effect. 

Christian Louboutin Would Like You to Know Hes Still Got Sole

“Recent commentary in various articles from newspapers and blogs regarding the French court decision in the Zara case…either implies or states that through this ruling we have lost our rights to our world-famous red-sole trademark. We would like to clarify that what has been disputed and canceled is only one French registration of the trademark.”

Louboutin attempted to sue Zara for selling a red-soled shoe similar in style to their “Yo-Yo” pump but a French court ruled that “there was no proven risk of confusion between Louboutin’s shoes and the Zara pair,” ordering the crimson cobbler to pay the retailer over $3,000 in damages.

Undeterred, Louboutin is still pursuing its case against Yves Saint Laurent, a decision on which is (finally) expected this summer. [Telegraph]

Story by Lester Brathwaite

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