Russian comedy producers seeks to strip MySpace of its brand
MOSCOW, September 26 (RAPSI, Sergey Feklyunin) - Comedy Club Production, a Russian company, has filed a claim with the newly established Moscow-based Intellectual Property Court (IP Court) seeking to strip social network MySpace of its “MySpace Secret Stand-up” brand registration in Russia, RAPSI learned in court Thursday.
The IP Court was established last April. All claims linked to intellectual property rights infringement being filed in Russia fall under its jurisdiction. The court started working on July 3.
Comedy Club Production had initially filed its claim with the Moscow Commercial Court, which dismissed it for lack of jurisdiction referring the claimant to the IP Court.
The IP Court confirmed that the claim was filed, but no hearing date is set yet.
“MySpace Secret Stand-up” was registered with Russian patent authority Rospatent in November 2008.
Comedy Club Production is a Russian production agency founded in 2007. Its portfolio contains a number of entertaining projects with a stand-up comedy TV show Comedy Club being the most popular one. Gazprom-Media Holding acquired the controlling stake (75% minus one share) in the company for more than 10 billion rubles (over $321 million).