Kalashnikov Concern files trademark infringement suit against French firm
MOSCOW, March 3 (RAPSI) – The firearms maker Kalashnikov Concern has filed with the Commercial Court of the Udmurt Republic a lawsuit against French company Cybergun over alleged trademark infringement, according to court records.
The plaintiff demands to recognize its right to use the labels "Калашников" and "Kalashnikov" as part of trademarks and brand names and right to use the name of M. T. Kalashnikov in economic activity. Kalashnikov Concern also asked court to declare the defendant’s actions illegal.
The court will consider the case on March 13.
French company Cybergun was founded in early 1980s for production of radio controlled models of airplanes, cars and ships. Currently, the firm is engaged in production of pneumatics replicating different models of renowned companies and brands.
Kalashnikov Concern is an association of the largest companies in the Russian small arms industry. It was established in 2013 and includes Izhmash, the Izhevsk Mechanical Plant, the Vyatskie Polyany Machine Building Plant Molot, the Koshkin Automatic Lines Design Bureau (Klimovsk) and NITI Progress.
The group exports its products to 27 countries including the United States, the UK, Germany, Norway, Italy, Canada, Kazakhstan and Thailand.