Jimmy Choo has taken action against a number of retailers in recent years, including New Look, Warehouse, Oasis and Jane Shilton. Head of legal Hannah Merritt said: “The metallic framed heel is one of Jimmy Choo’s most important signatures. It is very distinctive and we will not tolerate copies being sold.”
Rachael Parman, solicitor at Shoosmiths, Jimmy Choo’s legal adviser, said retailers should expect more legal cases relating to parts of a design.
She added: “A distinctive design of a heel of a shoe is as likely to infringe a designer’s rights as copying an entire shoe. It is important for the fashion industry to realise that parts of products can gain design right protection, which is particularly important if that part is a signature for that brand”.