Publisher from the United States and the vodka producer from the Russian Federation completed the disputes over brands

Publisher from the United States and the vodka producer from the Russian Federation completed the disputes over brands


Major American media company have filed lawsuits against the Russian manufacturer of alcohol “synergy” about the brands GQ and Vogue. The copyright court approved settlement agreements in two lawsuits.

MOSCOW, 2 Oct. The Presidium of the Court for intellectual property rights (SIP) on Friday approved the settlement agreements on two lawsuits a major American media company Advance Magazine Publishers (magazines the New Yorker, GQ, Vogue, Glamour and others) to a major Russian producer of alcohol “synergy” about the brands GQ/”Jiku” and Vogue, the information on the website of the court.

The terms of settlement agreements will be known after the publication of the court ruling on discontinuation of the proceedings. Along with the American company a co-plaintiff in both matters were made by Moscow JSC “Conde Nast” publishing under license from the journals of the American media companies in Russia.

The first instance of a SIP had satisfied claims, prematurely terminating legal protection owned by JSC “synergy capital” disputed brands for a number of alcoholic beverages, including vodka, in connection with the failure to use them within three years.

M & as October 1, stopped production for the third dispute between the same parties, regarding two trademark Glamour, as the plaintiffs and the defendant entered into a settlement agreement.

The plaintiffs, which owns brands similar to some other goods, intend to expand their use through the transfer of exclusive rights under license agreements to manufacturers of elite alcohol, but also by opening a cafe VOGUE CAFE.

Holding “the synergy” was created in December 1998. The main brands are Beluga, “Russian ice”, “Myagkov”, “Belenkaya”, “White lake” and “sovereign order”. Key beneficiaries are Alexander Mechetin and Valentin Zavadnikov. The company’s net income in 2014 under IFRS decreased by 29% to 1.1 billion rubles, sales increased by 5%, amounting to 46.8 billion.