Christian Louboutin’s fight against counterfeits of their lipsticks in China
French fashion designer Christian Louboutin is famed for his iconic red-soled shoes, which are spotted on the feet of numerous domestic and overseas stars at red carpet events. This world-class designer is also known for his unique bullet-shaped lipsticks which are counterfeited in China. The imitated lipsticks were sold online at an extremely low price even before distribution of official products began in China. The uniquely shaped Christian Louboutin lipstick was granted design patents in China so there was no doubt as to the ruling of the Court regarding the copying of the design. The question was whether justice upheld by the favorable result after the long-lasting proceedings (6 to 12 months) would be too late. In the Chinese market where the new patented lipstick had not yet debuted, yet the market was inundated with counterfeits, time would decide the value of the design. In this case, the traditional approach was abandoned, and the preliminary injunction before the Guangzhou Intellectual Property Court was applied for.