The lawsuit, filed by Aquazzura last year, claims that the Ivanka Trump brand copied its “Wild Things” shoe. Trump and her lawyers tried to avoid having the first daughter testify in the trademark suit, claiming that the Marc Fisher-owned footwear brand uses Trump’s name only, and that she herself was not involved in the design process for the shoe in question.
The judge overseeing the case denied Trump’s request in a ruling Friday.
According to the report, Trump’s lawyers are calling the case a “publicity stunt” as well as saying that the Aquazzura design lacks the “distinctiveness” it would need in order to be protected under intellectual property laws.
CNN Money also points out that Aquazzura questions the inspiration of two other Ivanka Trump designs, the Trump Teagin pointy toe pump with tassel and the Trump Necila. Both shoes show a likeness to Aquazzura’s Forever Marilyn shoe and Belgravia shoe.
As of now the Ivanka Trump brand has yet to publicly comment on the matter.