KIAP, Attorneys at Law, have successfully represented "Lidskoe Pivo" at the Russian Federal Antimonopoly Service

26.05.2020
KIAP, Attorneys at Law, have successfully represented "Lidskoe Pivo" at the Russian Federal Antimonopoly Service
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OJSC "Lidskoe Pivo" (ААТ "Лідскае Піва"), the Belarusian manufacturer of popular Lidski kvass (a traditional rye-bread drink), had become aware of a locally manufactured kvass distributed in the Russian market under the same brand name "Lidksi". Furthermore, the infringer used similar bottle label designs. To defend the Client’s rights, KIAP lawyers applied to the Russian antimonopoly authority (FAS).

Consideration of the application lasted longer than a year, as the FAS Commission suspended it for almost six months awaiting the outcome of the parallel trademark infringement lawsuit filed against the same defendant. Despite numerous attempts of the defendant to protract or even close the case, KIAP lawyers managed to prove a violation of the Client’s rights in the form of imitation of the authentic products’ appearance that had caused confusion with the infringing products. FAS has recognized the defendant’s actions as an act of unfair competition contrary to article 14.6, para. 2, of the Federal Law "On Protection of Competition" and has issued an official order demanding to cease the violation.

KIAP team representing the Client in the case consists of KIAP partners Elena Buranova and Ilya Ischuk, as well as associates Maxim Buzin and Viacheslav Shmelev. Tatyana Ignatovskaya, Partner at Stepanovsky, Papakul and Partners, has been coordinating the project at Belarusian end.

Press release at FAS official website (available only in Russian).


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KIAP's IP practice represents its clients in Russia's Chamber for Patent Disputes, commercial courts, and courts of general jurisdiction, as well as providing consultation on all intellectual property matters and helping with registration of intellectual property rights in Russia. Headed by Partner Elena Buranova, the practice is recommended by the Legal 500 EMEA and ‘Managing IP - IP Stars (2020)' international ratings, as well as by the Russian ratings, Pravo-300 and "Kommersant". In 2020 the firm's IP practice was recommended for the first time by the World Trademark Review 1000 (WTR 1000) international ranking, with a special reference to Prosecution and Strategy. Elena Buranova is personally recommended by WTR 1000 and Best Lawyers international ratings and is named Trade Mark Star by IP Stars in 2020/21. In 2019 Elena was appointed a member of the INTA Commercialization of Brands Committee for the term of 2020-2021. Clients of the practice include major Russian and international retailers, TMT and IT corporations, oil & gas, manufacturing and pharmaceutical companies.


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