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


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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Headed by Partner Elena Buranova, KIAP IP practice is recommended by the international ratings Legal 500 EMEA and Chambers Europe, as well as by Russian and "Kommersant" legal directories. In 2020 the practice was first time ever recommended by the international ranking World Trademark Review 1000 in the field of Prosecution and Strategy. In 2019 the practice was marked by the ranking ‘Managing IP - IP Stars' and was listed among the best law firms in Russia in Trade mark contentious work. Elena Buranova is personally recommended by WTR 1000 and Best Lawyers international ratings. In 2019 Elena was appointed a member of INTA Commercialization of Brands Committee for the term of 2020-2021. The clients of the practice are major Russian and international retailers, TMT and IT corporations, oil & gas, production and pharmaceutical companies. The Practice represents its clients in the Patents Disputes Chamber, Arbitration tribunals, and General Jurisdiction Courts, provides consultations in all intellectual property issues and assists in registration of intellectual property rights.

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