Year in Review: Louboutin vs. YSL

Year in Review: Louboutin vs. YSL
Yves Saint Laurent's Palais pump

It only took 18 months of legal wrangling, but Christian Louboutin and Saint Laurent America Inc. finally resolved their differences this fall following a decision from a New York federal appeals court. So who won? Both sides claimed victory, actually. Louboutin’s red-sole patent was upheld by the court, but is only enforceable on shoes with contrasting uppers.