Record compensation recovered from "grey" Longines importer
MOSCOW, July 13 - RAPSI, Sergei Feklyunin. The North-Western District Federal Commercial Court approved the recovery of $92,130 from the Bestwatch.ru online shop in the lawsuit by Switzerland's Longines Watch Co. Francillon Ltd.
This is a record level of compensation in Russia for the violation of trademark rights by an unofficial importer.
According to the case materials, Longines Watch filed a request with the St. Petersburg and Leningrad Region Commercial Court to prohibit Bestwatch.ru and Adeliya, the bestwatch.ru domain administrator, from selling Longines Watch branded goods in Russia without obtaining the company's prior consent. The plaintiff also sought to recover 5 million rubles ($153,550) from the first defendant and 100,000 rubles ($3,071) from the second.
During the proceedings, Longines Watch justified the level of compensation sought by the amount of goods sold by the defendants and the price at which the watches were sold, as well as the length of the period during which the defendants committed violations.
The court of first instance established that the defendants' sale of watches without the plaintiffs consent violate the Swiss company's trademark rights. It partially upheld the lawsuit, recovering three million rubles ($92,130) from the first defendant and 100,000 rubles from the other.
Longines Watch is part of the Swatch group which was established in the spring of 1983. Swatch is one of the largest watch manufacturers, controlling around 25 percent of the world market.