MOSCOW, February 25 - RAPSI. Patent Group, a company from Chelyabinsk in the eastern Urals, has filed a request with the Russian patents agency to register Mysterious Meteor, Urals Meteor and Chebarkul Meteor as their trademarks in honor of meteor which has fallen in the region on February 15, the regulator told RAPSI.
The bidder has asked the Federal Service for Intellectual Property, Patents and Trademarks to register these trademarks in accordance with Class 30 of the Nice Classification of goods and services.
According to business media, Patent Group is chaired by Vladimir Groo, chief of the church council of the Chelyabinsk Lutheran Community.
On February 15 at 7.23 a.m. Moscow time, the observatory in Yekaterinburg, about 200 km (125 miles) southeast of Chelyabinsk, reported a meteor shower over the Chelyabinsk Region.
The meteor shower hit three regions of Russia and Kazakhstan. Dozens of people were hurt by broken window glass and debris across the region. There were no fatalities but over 1,500 people sought medical assistance.
Of these, 38 are still in hospital (there are no children among them), an employee of the regional healthcare ministry told RIA Novosti.
The meteor shower damaged buildings in Chelyabinsk and neighboring towns, leaving over 5,000 buildings without window panes. The Chelyabinsk city government pledged to pay up to 50,000 rubles ($1,650) in compensation to meteor shower victims for housing repairs. Around 90% of the damage from the meteor shower in the Chelyabinsk Region has been repaired, the local department of Russia's Emergencies Ministry reported. The level of background radiation is normal, the statement says.
Monitoring the background radiation level is crucial in an area with a large number of nuclear facilities. Scientists from Urals Federal University and experts from a meteoritic astronomy laboratory, who are working in the region, have found over 100 meteorite fragments. Chemical analysis has established they came from outer space.