Apple Inc. (Apple Inc.) filed in the Moscow Arbitration court two claims to the online store, an assortment of the technics of the American company — iPhone, iPad, Macbook, Apple Watch and other devices, the materials of the court. Defendants on the first claim in the amount of 7.2 million rubles were made by OOO “riona Plus online store up-house.ru), D. Khovratovich and Ilya Chistyakov. The second claim in the amount of 9 mln RUB Apple has filed to Paul Suhacheva and two LLC — “Computer” (Internet shop cplaza.ru) and “Ivanhoe”, which he owns.
Sukhachev has not yet received the lawsuit and Apple has learned that an American company sued him and his companies to court journalists, he said . The entrepreneur believes that the complaint involves a violation of copyright. In the fall of 2015 Sukhachev received a claim from the international law firm Baker & McKenzie, which represents Apple, that the administrator of domain names cplaza.ru and computerplaza.ru (call forwarding is on cplaza.ru) gives exclusive right to the registered company with Apple Inc. trademarks. In the document were listed trademarks, the copyright of which is a U.S. Corporation, among them the graphic image of an Apple, APPLE, iPhone, MAC, APPLE WATCH, Sukhachev said.
“Baker & McKenzie argued that we can’t use the names of Apple products on the website, as well as their image”, he said. According to the businessman, “Computer” and “Ivanhoe” buy goods in Russia from several suppliers, some of them authorized, some not. “Perhaps the claim is connected with this,” suggested Sukhachev. After receipt of the complaint, he was removed from the site all images are trademarks of Apple. “Why major networks can use Apple product names on their websites, and the usual retailers don’t?” — he is perplexed. Sukhachev fears that media reports about the lawsuit Apple will have a negative impact on the relationship of his company with partners and customers. According to the entrepreneur, at the moment its representatives form the legal position on the suit.
Online store cplaza.ru that works since 2010, was in the top 100 biggest sellers in the Russian segment of the Internet in 2013 with a turnover of 63 million rubles., estimated by the newspaper “Kommersant”. Sukhachev in conversation with has refused to disclose the actual financial performance of the company.
Need to download the Apple lawyers work, why the company filed lawsuits against small businesses, says a leading analyst of Mobile Research Group Eldar Murtazin. Such big sellers as “the Messenger”, Apple will not lead to court, he said. “The messenger” is the official seller of Apple in Russia and uses the company’s trademark in its shops and online store on a legal basis, said the representative of the company Maria Zaikina.
Representatives of the “riona Plus and Apple did not respond to a request at the time of publication notes.
In February 2016, it became known that the Russian representative office of Apple has filed a lawsuit against the Federal customs service (FCS). In late January, the newspaper “Kommersant” reported that the FCS likened the Apple Watch to the regular wrist watch. When the company began to import “smart” watches, it classified them as a wireless device for receiving and transmitting data, for import of which is provided at zero duty. The fact that FCS equated “smart” watch to normal, allowed to impose their duty. This decision led to the fact that the Apple Watch before the New year went up by about 15%.