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Lawsuit to halt IRN-BRU trademark protection rescheduled for August 7

17:42 26/07/2012

MOSCOW, July 26 - RAPSI. The Moscow Commercial Court has postponed until August 7 its hearing of Businessinvestgrupp's lawsuit to cease the legal protection of A.G. Barr P.L.C.'s trademarks in Russia, the court told the Russian Legal Information Agency on Thursday.

The plaintiff is an Ufa-based holding company.

The plaintiff seeks to cancel the protection of the IRON BREW, IRN-BRU, Iron Brew and PHENOMENAL trademarks before its expiration date.

The lawsuit is grounded in A.G. Barr P.L.C.'s alleged failure to use the trademarks in Russia for three years.

The hearing was not held on Thursday because the plaintiff delivered evidence demonstrating its interests through the court's administrative office, but the documents have yet to reach the judge.

The plaintiff has already filed nearly a dozen similar lawsuits against other companies, including Heineken. A commercial court has held the preliminary hearing in the plaintiff's lawsuit against Barrel Holdings and Ivan Taranov Breweries (Cyprus).

A.G. Barr P.L.C. was founded in 1875 when Robert Barr began soft drinks production at Burnfoot Lane in Falkirk, Scotland. In 1887, his son Robert Fulton Barr started the second Barr Soft Drinks business in Glasgow. The company's biggest brand Irn-Bru was first presented in 1901. In 2011, A.G. Barr increased its turnover by 6.6 percent to 237 million pounds.

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Lawsuit to halt IRN-BRU trademark protection rescheduled for August 7

17:42 26/07/2012 The Moscow Commercial Court has postponed until August 7 its hearing of Businessinvestgrupp's lawsuit to cease the legal protection of A.G. Barr P.L.C.'s trademarks in Russia.
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