A.G. Barr p.l.c retains rights to Irn-Bru brand in Russia
MOSCOW, August 15 - RAPSI. The Moscow Commercial Court has confirmed the legal protection of trademarks of A.G. Barr p.l.c Irn-Bru beverage manufacturer in Russia, according to the ruling posted on the court's website.
The Businessinvestgroup sought to cancel the protection of the IRON BREW, IRN-BRU, Iron Brew and PHENOMENAL trademarks. The court fully dismissed the lawsuit on August 7.
The holding had submitted an appeal to the Federal Service for Intellectual Property, Patents and Trademarks on the registration of the Irn-Bru trademark, the plaintiff told the Russian Legal Information Agency (RAPSI/rapsinews.com) on Wednesday, adding that the fact that the trademarks belong to A.G. Barr p.l.c. has hindered the registration process.
The company submitted the lawsuit to terminate the legal trademark protection for the Scottish company, as the trademarks had not been used in Russia for three years.
The plaintiff has filed nearly a dozen similar lawsuits against other firms, including Heineken, Barrel Holdings, Bashspirt and Ivan Taranov Breweries (Cyprus).
According to the media, Businessinvestgroup's owner Azamat Ibatullin has submitted an application to the patent watchdog to register numerous well-known brands, including Analgin, Playboy, Dr. Pepper, Orbit and Stimorol.