Moscow court upholds decision to protect Mexx trademark domain
MOSCOW, May 29 (RAPSI) - Russia's Ninth Commercial Court of Appeals has upheld a lower court's decision to prohibit the use by a Russian businessman of the mexx.ru domain name, finding that such was an infringement of Mexx Europe BV's trademark rights, a court spokesperson told RAPSI Wedensday.
Businessman Vladislav Mukhin appealed the Moscow Commercial Court's earlier decision, which had also ordered that he pay the company 150,000 rubles ($4,870) in damages.
An attorney for Mexx said during the previous hearing that the company has legitimate ownership of the disputed brand.
The company uses domain names that include its brand name across the world.
Vladislav Mukhin, a sole business proprietor, registered the mexx.ru website in violation of the company's rights, the Mexx attorney said. The company tried to settle the dispute out of court, but Mukhin asked for EUR 15,000 to stop using the website.
The domain name was apparently registered to be resold, the attorney said.
Neither Mukhin nor his representatives attended the previous hearing.
Mexx was established in the Netherlands in 1986 by Indian-born businessman Rattan Chadha. The company is a leading fashion industry producer, manufacturing garments, accessories, perfumes and a range of household items. In 2012, the company operated 95 mono-brand stores in Russia and planned to open another 15.