Casio trademark protection dispute suspended until May 23
MOSCOW, April 23 - RAPSI. The Moscow Commercial Court has suspended until May 23 its hearing of Hong-Kong-based Fusion Technics lawsuit to terminate legal protection of the Casio trademark in Russia.
It was announced during the previous hearing that Fusion Technics and Casio Computer Co., the trademark owner, are negotiating a settlement that may result in the lawsuit's withdrawal. On Monday the Casio representative said the dispute had not yet been settled.
The other parties in the case supported Casio's request to postpone the hearing.
The trademark is owned by the Japanese Casio Keisanki Kabushiki Kaisha, also known as Casio Computer Co. Fusion Technics requested Rospatent in January 2011 to terminate the trademark's legal protection, as the owner had not used it for the past three years.
The plaintiff sought to cancel the trademark for a wide range of products, including tape recorders, CD players, PCs, PC accessories and telephones.
Fusion Technics explained that it plans to produce these goods under the same trademark.
The patent watchdog was in support of the plaintiff's arguments, but maintained Casio Keisanki Kabushiki Kaisha's rights to the brand for calculators, projectors, cameras, adapters and electronic translating devices.
Rospatent passed its verdict in June 2011. It was later challenged by Fusion Technics in the commercial court.