(NEW YORK) -- Yves Saint Laurent is being sued for trademark infringement for selling shoes that have red outer soles, a style French shoe designer Charles Louboutin insists is his creation.
Louboutin filed the lawsuit Thursday in federal court in Manhattan. He is seeking a court injunction against the sale of the supposed copycat shoes in the U.S. and damages of at least $1 million.
"Mr. Louboutin is the first designer to develop the idea of having red soles on women's shoes," the lawsuit states. Yves Saint Laurent America spokeswoman Bridget Helene said the company will not be commenting.
The suit alleges that YSL copied Louboutin's trademarked red outer sole, which Louboutin registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in 1992. But it's unclear whether the trademark covers all red-soled shoes. The offending YSL red suede pumps in its spring 2011 collection does not have a glazed look like those of the Louboutin brand. It also carries shoes that have purple, navy and green soles.
Louboutin says it also objects the YSL America selling red-sole shoes under the brand names Tribute, Palais and Woodstock. He stopped short of calling them cheap knockoffs, but noted those shoes are significantly cheaper.
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