Court holds for major confectionary in trademark dispute
MOSCOW, September 16 - RAPSI, Natalia Belova. The court dismissed a food company's appeal against the federal patent agency Rospatent's decision to terminate the company's rights to the "Sharm-sufle" trademark, RAPSI reported from the courtroom.
Rospatent annulled the trademark owned by Yarmarka, a food manufacturer, at the request of a major confectionary, Udarnitsa, due to its confusing similarity with the latter's "Sharmel" and "Sharm" trademarks.
Yarmarka filed an appeal with the Moscow Commercial Court.
Rospatent registered the Sharm-sufle trademark in 2007 for a local confectionary factory based in the city of Yaroslavl. The trademark was later purchased by Yarmarka.
The Udarnitsa confectionary was founded in 1929 and is a leading Russian confectionary.
Founded in 1995, Trade House Yarmarka was initially engaged in the wholesale of food products. It is now a major food producer.