Dispute over Casio brand in Russia resolved
MOSCOW, May 23 - RAPSI. The Moscow Commercial Court closed the lawsuit by Hong-Kong based Fusion Technics, which asked for the patent watchdog to deprive the Casio trademark of legal protection for such goods as calculators and cameras in Russia.
The plaintiff had submitted an application to end the case hearing as a result of the parties reconciliation. The defendant supported the plaintiff's application.
During the last hearing, Fusion Technics and Casio Computer Co. (the brands holder) announced they were holding negotiations for an amicable agreement which may result in the revocation of the lawsuit.
The trademark is owned by the Japanese Casio Keisanki Kabushiki Kaisha, also known as Casio Computer Co. In January 2011, Fusion Technics requested Russian watchdog (Rospatent) 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.