In March 2018, Rospatent rejected the company Abrau-Durso’s registration of the ABRAU JUNIOR trademark (a new product line of carbonated non-alcoholic beverages based on grape juice as it had previously done to other brands from the ABRAU product line. The major obstacle for ABRAU in obtaining the registration was the existing Rospatent practice in which trademarks are not granted if a product’s name is similar to its place of origin.
Attorneys of the Firm reversed this practice at the Chamber for Patent Disputes and to have the decision denying the registration of the client’s trademark cancelled. “This was the Firm’s most recent victory in a number of challenges against Rospatent’s rejections of trademark registrations for both ABRAU / АБРАУ and their derivatives.
At the Chamber for Patent Disputes, the client was represented by Head of the IP / ТМТ Practice Pavel Sadovsky and Senior Associate Irina Kosovskaya.