I’m not a lawyer, but I think the other company has a point here. They are remarkably similar.
The response from Ivanka’s boss:
“This is a baseless lawsuit aimed at generating publicity,” a statement to People.com reads. “The shoe in question is representative of a trending fashion style, is not subject to intellectual property law protection and there are similar styles made by several major brands. The lawsuit is without merit and we will vigorously defend ourselves against the claim.”
Like I said, I am not a lawyer, so I don’t know how much merit the lawsuit has. Looking at this though I have another question:
Apparently last week, Ivanka talked about her shoe brand and said:
Trump discussed her mission for her brand earlier this week last week, saying, “The reason that I started this brand is that I thought that there really wasn’t relevant product for millennial, working women that is trend-right yet appropriate, that was acceptable from a price perspective but also quality, and that there was a real opportunity to fill that void.
“So we wanted to create beautiful pieces that were appropriate for work, but also transitioned with our very active, multi-dimensional women through the arc of their day.”
I have issues with my hips so I don’t wear heels ever, so I am not the good judge of these things, but I am wondering does the shoe in question look “appropriate for work”? It seems to me that they would be hell to stand in for a work day, never mind going out wearing them afterwards.
I know some women really like heels, but the shoe doesn’t seem to provide much in the way of support, and it’s not like you could stick some insoles in there or anything.