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Valentino, in a trademark filing, says its studded shoes have acquired distinctiveness

Distinction in fashion has long been an official trademark for luxury brands, think the Chanel tweed jacket, the orange packaging by Hermes, the red soles of a Louboutin shoe. Valentino’s Rockstud pump is an instantly recognizable product to even the average fashion follower, but the Italian luxury company has been unable to trademark the design...