NEW YORK, January 6. /Corr. Igor Borisenko/. The question of the disposal of the trademark “Capital” has considered on Tuesday, the court of Appeals in Manhattan. This was announced on Wednesday, the Reuters news Agency. At the meeting chaired by judge Dennis Jacobs had overturned the lower court decision, according to which the Russian state company “Soyuzplodoimport” had no reason to dispute the rights to vodka brand. Judge Jacobs said that in this matter not affected by “neither politics nor the interests” of the United States.
The Dutch court recognized the rights to the vodka brands “Stolichnaya” and “Moskovskaya” for Russia
For his part, lawyer Dan Bromberg, representing “souzplodoimport”, said he intends “to prove, on behalf of the Russians that our client is the true owner of brands “Capital”, as recognized by the courts in other countries.”
Vodka brands Stolichnaya (“Stolichnaya”) and “Moskovskaya” (“Moskovskaya”) are included in the brand portfolio of the state company “sojuzplodoimport” along with vodka “Russkaya” (“Russkaya”) and champagne “Soviet”. “Sojuzplodoimport” since 2002 has been on behalf of the Russian Federation the right to use and dispose of trademarks on alcoholic and alcohol-containing products, the copyright of which is the state.
The company is over 10 years in numerous contested trials abroad the rights to popular vodka brands. So, in 2012 “sojuzplodoimport” has defended the rights to trademark “Stolichnaya” and “Moskovskaya” in the court of Appeal of the Hague (the Netherlands). The court then dismissed the complaint of the company Spirits International. Russia has indicated that Spirits International illegally issued foreign producers of vodka a license to use the brands “Moskovskaya” and “Stolichnaya”.