Intellectual Property Court to consider appeal against nike.ru judgment
MOSCOW, August 28 (RAPSI, Sergei Feklyunin) - The Intellectual Property Court (IPC) will consider on October 1 a cassation appeal filed by Stanislav Drugalyov, administrator of the nike.ru domain, against the Ninth Commercial Court of Appeals' decision prohibiting him from using the word "nike" in a domain name, a court spokesperson told RAPSI Wednesday.
The Intellectual Property Court was established in April to hear intellectual property cases both as a court of first instance and as a supreme court of appeals. It started working on July 3.
Drugalyov's website nike.ru featured a short description of the Ancient Greek goddess Nike.
The court of appeals rejected a claim by Drugalyov against the order of a lower-instance court last January.
Nike International Ltd. sought to prohibit the use of the word "nike" in the defendant's domain name, as the company is the copyright holder of the trademark family which uses the name - in particular, for clothing and footwear.
As the claimant stated in court, the company has operated since 1964 and produces and sells sporting goods. The company has owned the well-known Nike brand name with priority rights since 1979.
The court of first instance satisfied the claim by the American sports goods producer.
Nike Inc. was established in the U.S. in 1964. Originally titled Blue Ribbon Sports, the company adopted the new name, Nike, in 1978. Currently, the company has over 30,000 employees and has branches in over 160 countries. The company is based near Beaverton, Oregon.