Category Archives: Russian Trademark Search

Russian Folk Craft Design

Russian folk craft designs to become a trademark

The characteristic Russian graphic elements that occur in folk crafts can be registered as trademarks in Russia. The proposal was submitted to the Ministry of Industry and Trade from the Association of Art Industry Market and the National Union of Artistic Festivals.

If the initiative is approved, manufacturers will be obliged to pay a special tax for the use of these designs.

The authors of the proposal believe that this is an effective way to deal with counterfeit products and counterfeit souvenirs abroad.

First of all, it is true for the famous “Gzhel”, “Khokhloma”, “Zhostovo” craft products. These names have already been registered as trademarks, but this is not enough to combat counterfeiting.

Dmitry Medvedev

“Dimon” trademark to be registered in Russia

Rospatent received an application for the registration of “Dimon” trademark in Russia. The application was published on the website of the Russian Patent and Trademark Office.

The applicant is Maria Iris, ColleMassari winemaking company’s owner. The applicant’s address is a small house in the village of Poggi del Sasso in central Italy.

The brand is to be registered under 16th, 33rd, and 35th Nice classes, thus covering alcoholic beverages, packaging materials, and also to be used in advertising.

The assistant manager of the winery Fattoria della Aiola who appears in Alexei Navalny’s investigation “He is not Dimon” targeting Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, Daria Ivleva stated that ColleMassari, a competitor of their company, applied for brand registration in Russia in order to gain profit from the scandal in relation to Medvedev. She noted that ColleMassari is a well-known company in Tuscany.

“Dimon” nickname (rude for “Dmitry”) of the Russia’s prime minister Dmitry Medvedev was carelessly coined by his own press secretary Natalia Timakova when commenting her boss’ corruption allegations made in 2016.

Judge Hammer

New trademark opposition procedure to be adopted in Russia

A novel trademark opposition procedure is about to be introduced soon in our country, said Dmitry Travnikov, the head of the Government Service department of the Russian Patent and Trademark Office (RUPTO), during his interview on Friday. According to the official, it will provide significant improvements to the whole trademark registration process in Russia.

Currently, the procedure is carried out as follows. All trademark applications filed with the RUPTO are first subject to the formal examination procedure and undergo a check for meeting several formal requirements, such as, for example, the presence of all necessary documents. Upon completion, the application passes to the substantive examination step, where the RUPTO’s examiners review and check it for features serving as unconditional or conditional grounds for a refuse.

The unconditional grounds are, among other, the lack of distinctiveness of the trademark, wrong categorization under the NICE classes, etc. The conditional grounds are usually caused by unintentional infringement, when the applied trademark is deceptively similar to another trademark covering the same type of products while being held by a third party.

The Russian Patent and Trademark Office proposes applicants to publish their trademarks on its website after checking against the unconditional grounds for a refuse. The web resource is planned to be publicly available, so that any party concerned by potential infringement of its trademark(s) can file objections within a three-month period. Currently, the Russian trademark database stays closed to the general public.

The RUPTO’s official has noted that this novel will help to reduce unnecessary time losses associated with the trademark registration procedure in Russia. Currently, examination of each application takes up to one year thus being totally unacceptable considering the modern business needs. Another way to shorten the overall duration of the procedure is to reduce the number of actions taken by the Office, including its information search-related activities, said Dmitry Travnikov. At the same time, the novel would help to further minimize examination arbitrariness and subjective judgments.

Among other checks, the RUPRO‘s examiner assesses the trademark for deceptive similarity to existing trademarks based on official methodological approaches, and makes a judgement on whether a consumer can confuse goods sold under these trademarks. The proposed trademark opposition procedure would allow a third-party rightsholder to file an objection against the registration of the trademark in question, if it finds that the mark is deceptively similar. ‘Thus, trademark infringement matters could be effectively regulated by the market members themselves’, added Travnikov.

A flip side to this novel is that businesses will have to constantly monitor all trademark applications filed with the Russian Patent and Trademark Office.

The public debate on this initiative is over, but, according to Dmitry Travnikov, any third party is welcome to share its opinion. A draft version of the bill and contacts for feedback are available at the RUPTO’s official website (in Russian):