Court postpones appeal against dismissal to register 'gazeta.ru' brand
MOSCOW, November 14 - RAPSI, Alyona Yegorova. A court of appeals postponed until December 8 an appeal filed by Gazeta.Ru against the Federal Service for Intellectual Property, Patents and Trademarks' decision to deny the company the "gazeta.ru" trademark, the Russian Legal Information Agency (RAPSI) reports from the courtroom on Monday.
Gazeta.Ru is a Russian Internet publication established in 1999.
The Moscow Commercial Court upheld the watchdog's refusal to register the brand on August 10.
The Federal Service for Intellectual Property, Patents and Trademarks refused to register the "газета.ру," "газета.ru" and "gazeta.ru" trademarks for Gazeta.Ru in February. According to the watchdog, the symbols submitted for registration consist of unprotected elements and are not distinctive, which prevents them from being registered as trademarks.
The company disputed the service's decision in the commercial court. However, the court held in favor of the service's decisions.
The company also appealed judicial decisions in lawsuits to register the "газета.ру" and "газета.ru" trademarks. However, the appellate court upheld them and the decisions came into effect.
The court did not specify why the hearings were postponed.