Russian businessman challenges ruling in Top Gear brand dispute with BBC
MOSCOW, January 13 (RAPSI) - Russian businessman Azamat Ibatullin has filed an appeal against a ruling in favor of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) in a dispute over legal protection of Top Gear trademark, according to the records of the Intellectual Property Court (IP Court).
In March 2018, Rospatent granted Ibatullin’s request to cancel legal protection of Top Gear trademark. According to the applicant, the trademark of BBC is confusingly similar to the TopGear one registered in his name. Moreover, the economic classification of goods in these two cases is identical. Rospatent ruled in favor of the entrepreneur.
BBC appealed against the ruling. And in late January 2019, the IP Court dismissed the appeal. However, the court’s Presidium in May reversed the first instance’s decision and ordered reconsideration of the case.
During the retrial, the court took the side of BBC. The businessman disagreed with the ruling and appealed it as well.
Top Gear, a famous motorizing TV show, was launched in Great Britain in 1977. Today, BBC Two channel broadcasts it in Great Britain.