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MONDAY, 5 APRIL 2010
Adidas in Russia: same claims, different decisions
As counterfeit production constituted somewhere between 41.7% and 60% in Russia in 2008, it is not surprising that Adidas decided to take action against those breaching its famous trade mark with 3 stripes. All together the company has started about 40 cases and the retailers Alba and Centrobuv' (meaning "Central Shoes") were the main target.
Adidas complained that women's trainers with diagonal stripes sold by Centrobuv' under the mark CENTRO were confusingly similar to the claimant's product. The court ordered Centrobuv' to pay Adidas 30,000 roubles and the disputed products were immediately confiscated. Note that Centrobuv' disagreed with the decision and is making attempts to appeal against it.
On the other hand, Adidas lost in its claim relating to the sale of shoes with 3 diagonal stripes by Alba. Adidas asked for the disputed shoes to be destroyed and sought a 2.5 million roubles compensation. This time the Moscow Arbitration Court was not convinced by the claimant's allegations of trade mark breach and dismissed the claim.
Original article in Russian.
Posted by: Sasha Yelnik @ 08.54
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