The agency focused on measures aimed to recognize intellectual property rights and give adequate protection to IPRs of businesses, it said. Rospatent also prioritized measures to deter IPR infringement and hold infringers responsible for their illicit actions, the summary said.
The agency noted a series of court rulings in 2012 that upheld decisions of Rospatent. Notably, the Russian Supreme Arbitration Court barred a local entity from using the “Vacheron Constantin” trademark, upholding Rospatent's decision in favor of the international trademark owner.
Overall, Russian courts upheld 466 out of 504 contested decisions of Rospatent in connection with trademark disputes in 2012.
On Sept. 29, 2011, MasterCard requested to register the trademark, and on October 9, 2012, Rospatent approved the trademark's registration in Russia. But the regulator argued the that word “moneysend” should remain an unprotected part of the trademark.
On Dec. 10, 2012, MasterCard filed objections against the decision and requested Rospatent to amend its decision. Subsequently, Rospatent's Chamber of Patent Disputes accepted MasterCard's arguments. The Chamber stated that the disputed trademark met the requirements set forth by Section 1, Article 1483 of the Russian Civil Code, and allowed the word to remain a protected part of the trademark.
Text of Rospatent's summary, in Russian, at http://www.rupto.ru/rupto/nfile/c7e9e217-9ac3-11e2-c002-9c8e9921fb2c/analit_sp_sud.pdf
Text of MasterCard decision, in Russian, at http://www.fips.ru/pps/28_03_13/2012%D0%9202092_29.0.213.pdf
By Sergei Blagov
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