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TOP-10 IP Disputes in 2017


 
GROUP: Unfair competition 
 
 
RULING: Ruling of the Supreme court dated 11.07.2017 case №53-КГ17-12
 
SUMMARY: The business name of the non-profit organization is not an intellectual property at the same time it is a “moral right” of the legal entity. Registration of the similar business name may be an unfair competition.
 
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GROUP: Unfair competition
 
 
RULING: Decision of the UFAS of Kursk region dated 02.02.2017 case №03-05/47-2016
 
SUMMARY: Copying of the product packaging violates both design (IP) and trade dress (not IP).
 
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GROUP: Copyright
 
 
RULING: Ruling of the IP Court dated 15.02.2017 case №А40-233779/2015
 
SUMMARY: If a stage-prop (for example: an illustrated book) is a plot generating object (through artistic value, length of time shown, purpose of use) it is necessary to obtain a copyright owner’s consent.
 
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GROUP: Copyright
 
 
RULING: Ruling of the IP Court dated 30.01.2017 case №А40-14248/2016
 
SUMMARY: The audio recording (IP) in TV show does not fall within the scope of the collective management. The royalty payments in favor of collective management organization do not prove the legitimacy of Defendant’s actions without a signed contract with copyright owner.
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GROUP: Copyright
 
 
RULING: Ruling of the Supreme court dated 25.04.2017 №305-ЭС16-18302
 
SUMMARY: Citation (quotation – use without copyright owner’s consent) is applicable not only for the texts, but for any works such as photos.
 
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GROUP: Patents
 
 
RULING: Ruling of the Supreme court dated 14.04.2017 №305-ЭС15-7110
 
SUMMARY: Defendants in patent infringement cases may refer on posterior use (patent use in term of its temporary termination) not only in case of production but also in any case of patent use (advertisement, storage, purchasing etc.)
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GROUP: Trademarks
 
 
RULING: Ruling of the Supreme court dated 30.05.2016 case №СИП-1070/2014
 
SUMMARY: The legal entities may demand the court to decrease the compensation (the floating amount and double cost of the counterfeited products) amount as well as the sole proprietors.
 
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GROUP: Trademarks
 
 
RULING: Ruling of the Supreme court dated 10.02.2017 №305-ЭС15-4129
 
SUMMARY: The transfer of the exclusive right has not allowed as far as the threat of misrepresentation exist, it is not required to prove such misrepresentation. 
 
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GROUP: Trademarks
 
 
RULING: Ruling of the IP Court dated 27.03.2016 case №СИП-464/2016
 
SUMMARY: The right-holder can not register similar trademarks for similar (full or in part) goods (services), it contradicts the public concerns.
 
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GROUP: Trademarks
 
 
RULING: Ruling of the IP Court dated 16.01.2017 case №СИП-185/2016
 
SUMMARY: “Nominal” use of a trademark is not sufficient “protection” against a claim for early termination of a trademark
 
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BONUS
 
 
RULING: Ruling of the Sovetskiy district court of Nizhniy Novgorod dated 11.04.2017 case №1-112/2017
 
SUMMARY: The theft in online games’ virtual goods is qualified as a crime under the Article 272 of the Criminal Code (unlawful access to computer-protected information).
 


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