Judgment over Nike trademark in domain dispute upheld
MOSCOW, OCTOBER 4 (RAPSI, Sergei Feklyunin) – The Intellectual Property Court (IP Court) has affirmed lower courts’ decisions prohibiting Stanislav Drugalyov, administrator of the nike.ru domain, from using the word "nike" in a domain name.
The IP Court was established in April to hear intellectual property cases both as a court of first instance and as a supreme court of appeals. It started working on July 3.
Nike International Ltd. sought to prohibit the use of the word "nike" in the defendant's domain name, as the company is the copyright holder of the trademark family which uses the name - in particular, for clothing and footwear.
As the claimant stated in court, the company has operated since 1964 and produces and sells sporting goods. The company has owned the well-known Nike brand name with priority rights since 1979.
The Moscow Commercial Court satisfied the claim filed by the American sports goods producer last January. Drugalyov failed to appeal the judgment, and the case was referred to the IP Court.