Appeal against prohibition to use Heineken trademark to be heard on Feb.8
ST.-PETERSBURG, January 16 - RAPSI. The court will hear Vinagroprom's appeal against a court prohibition to use a trademark similar to Heineken's on February 8, the Supreme Commercial Court reports on its website.
The alcohol producer contests the Nizhny Novgorod Region Commercial Court's May 13 ruling in the St. Petersburg-based Heineken Joint Breweries' lawsuit. The First Commercial Appeals Court upheld the lawsuit in October .
Vinagroprom produces Okskaya Lux vodka, while Heineken Joint Breweries owns the Okskoye trademarks.
A court prohibited Vinagroprom from using alcohol labels containing the word "Okskoye," and ordered the company to withdraw from sale and destroy counterfeit products, labels and packaging bearing the name "Okskoye." The company was also ordered to pay Heineken Joint Breweries 1.5 million rubles ($47,500) in damages for unlawfully using the trademark.
The Dutch Heineken was established in 1863. It has been doing business in Russia since February 2002 as Heineken Joint Breweries.