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TOP-10 IP Disputes in 2018


 
 
 
CATEGORY: Trademarks
DETAILS: Resolution of the Constitutional Court No. 8-P dated 13 February 2018
SUMMARY: Unlike the counterfeit, the original (grey) product cannot be destroyed under the court judgment (unless it endangers human health, the environment or cultural heritage) and it is impossible to recover a large compensation
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CATEGORY: Trademarks
DETAILS: Resolution of the Intellectual Property Court dated 4 July 2018 in case No. А40-132026/2017
SUMMARY: The registrar of domain names may terminate domain delegation, hence the court may oblige it to prevent the infringement
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CATEGORY: Trademarks
DETAILS: Ruling of the Supreme Court dated 21 March 2018 in case No. А55-5711/2014
SUMMARY: A bankrupt entity’s trademark can only be acquired at an auction. It may not be terminated early in court
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CATEGORY: Trademarks
DETAILS: Ruling of the Supreme Court dated 3 July 2018 in case No. А40-210165/2016
SUMMARY: Shared ownership of a Russian trademark is impermissible (e.g., 50:50)
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CATEGORY: Patents
DETAILS: Resolution of the Intellectual Property Court dated 24 April 2018 in case No. А41-85807/2016
SUMMARY: Preparations to launch a generic drug 3+ years before the patent to the original drug expires constitute a threat of patent infringement
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CATEGORY: Patents
DETAILS: Resolution of the Intellectual Property Court dated 27 December 2018 in case No. А40-71471/2017
SUMMARY: The sub-patent holder may obtain a compulsory license (the dispute was settled)
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CATEGORY: Copyright and Related Rights
DETAILS: Resolution of the Ninth Appellate Commercial Court dated 11 December 2018 in case No. А40-132111/2018 
SUMMARY: Taxi companies do not have to pay RAO for playing music inside the taxicabs
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CATEGORY: Copyright and Related Rights
DETAILS: Resolution of the Intellectual Property Court dated 24 July 2018 in case No. А40-18827/2017
SUMMARY: If it has relevant proof, the owner of a social network may prohibit commercial use of information on the users
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CATEGORY: Unfair Competition
DETAILS: Resolution of the Intellectual Property Court dated 6 December 2018 in case No. А49-10974/2017 
SUMMARY: If a word is not directly associated with the Olympics insignia, it can be used in a trade name
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CATEGORY: Unfair Competition
DETAILS: Decision of the FAS of Russia dated 15 February 2018 in case No. 1-14-165/00-08-17 
SUMMARY: Imitation of packaging is easier to demonstrate for low-cost goods, since consumers’ attention drops when choosing among them
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DETAILS: Resolution of the Ninth Appellate Commercial Court dated 15 May 2018 in case No. А40-124668/2017
SUMMARY: Cryptocurrency was deemed to be property
 


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