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Category: Trademark

Russian patent service deprived 19 companies of the right to use brand under the place of origin

In Russia there is famous natural spring – Essentuki. The Russian mineral water under the brand Essentuki is produced there. Only couple manufacturers can use this brand simply because they have productions in Essentuki. They manufacture bottled water and sell it under the brand “Essentuki”. But it does not mean that other companies don’t want to use the known brand. They also produce water, despite the fact that their manufacturing located far from Essentuki.

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Russian ministry of trade named the most popular category of counterfeits

After duly research the Russian ministry of trade and industry has names the most popular category of counterfeits in Russia – the products of light industry. 20% of almost all products of this industry are counterfeited; the monetary assessment counts up to 725 billion Roubles in 2017.

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Hennessy requested 5 mln Roubles compensation for trademark infringement

Company Societe Jas Hennessy et Compagnie has chosen to sue bootleggers for trademark infringement and sought 5 mln Roubles as compensation. The group of four persons from Russian town Voronezh has manufactured alcohol under famous brands. The court accepted the lawsuit and will consider it.

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The counterfeiting is a serious and widespread problem in Russia

Research by BrandMonitor, a company specializing in brand and trademark protection, indicated that two thirds of counterfeit sellers admit selling fakes. Moreover, 46% of those who admit selling fake goods assume they were not breaking the law. The fact that counterfeits can be a hazard for consumers’ health or safety is not a priority for merchandisers or even for consumers themselves. According to merchandisers, counterfeits is more attractive to consumers because of lower price.

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The sale of affiliated companies can trigger conflict linked to “common” brand

Two Russian insurance companies fight in court because their trade names are very similar. The trade name of one company is “RusStateInsure” (abbreviated RSI) and the trade name of second company is so far “RSI life”. RusStateInsure has file a lawsuit against RSI life for trademark infringement and despite the decision of RSI to change its tradename, the RusStateInsure does not intends to withdraw the lawsuit.

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Russia is ready for parallel import

The Russian Federal Antitrust Service has developed new amendments to Russian law and these amendments are a very unpleasant surprise for business. Amendments to Russian civil code would legalize parallel import in Russia in 2021. The business warns this law innovation would cause depletion of investments in Russian economy.

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“Perchville” is a distinctive term eligible for protection under the Lanham Act

Every winter for the last sixty years or so, Tawas, Michigan has become the home of the “Perchville” festival, replete with a polar bear swim and a fishing contest. The Tawas Area Chamber of Commerce organizes the annual February event and has registered the name Perchville as a trademark. A local company – the AuSable River Trading Post – wants to make Perchville-branded tee-shirts, and sued the Chamber to invalidate its mark.

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Three years term of trademark disuse lasts regardless of trademark ownership

The company Media-Saturn-Holdin GmbH has filed a suit against Russian entrepreneur. The entrepreneur was the owner of trademark MediaMarkt in Russia for class 35, but – according to claimant – did not use it; the claimant sought to cease the trademark protection due to its disuse. The claimant believed it is “party concerned”. Despite the trademark owner’s letter to postpone consideration of the case, the case has been considered by the court in the absence of defendant.

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The use of word “Origami” in its literal meaning is not a trademark infringement

One natural person has registered trademark in Russia. According to registration this natural person was stated as owner of exclusive rights in trademark in question in the form of paper crane. The trademark has been registered for the sushi. After the registration this person has concluded asset management agreement with ltd company and three individual enterprises, Individual enterprises were asset managers. The rights owner was the constitutor of asset management under the concluded agreement.

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