The ruling provided by the CJEU has given Christian Louboutin's trade mark infringement claim against Van Haren a significant boost. The case will now return to the Hague Court where it is likely that the Court will rule that Louboutin's trade mark is valid and infringed. For some this may be a surprise decision, certainly in light of the CJEU's departure from Advocate General Szpunar's additional Opinion where the Advocate General maintained his view that the prohibition set out in the trade mark directive was capable of applying to a sign combining colour and shape.