Apple registers the Yabloko brand in Russia, also owned by a political party

    On October 8, Apple filed an application to register the Apple trademark with Rospatent. The Corporation intends to consolidate five categories of goods and services in Russia under this brand. According to the application, the list of such goods includes devices ranging from computers, e-books and MP3 players to machines for counting votes and x-ray machines.

    In addition, the company claims to use the Yabloko trademark also for paper, cardboard and articles made of them, computer textbooks, commercial advice to consumers, education, entertainment, and sports and cultural events.

    Moreover, the company plans to provide scientific and technological services under this brand.

    The interests of Apple in this situation will be represented by the law firm Baker & McKenzie .

    In November 2013, the corporation already filed applications with Rospatent for the registration of the Yabloko and Apple trademarks. Applications were also submitted immediately for several categories of goods and services. However, for some of them, the Yabloko party has already registered such a brand.

    “You need to deal with lawyers in this matter, but if Apple wants to sell its products under the Russian name Yabloko in Russia, we will have questions,” said the party’s leader Sergey Mitrokhin.

    However, on Monday, Mitrokhin said the party had never intended to appeal against Apple’s application. “We have political activity, they have commercial activity. Let them do what they want. Strengthen our advertising of their own, ” quoted Mitrokhin’s“ Vedomosti ”.

    Rospatent registers trademarks for specific classes of goods and services, and the activities of Apple and the political party differ from each other, explained Pavel Katkov, senior partner of Katkov & Partners law firm. Therefore, it is unlikely that the players so different in their activities can have the same classes and they are unlikely to fight for the right to register and use one trademark, he is sure.

    If, nevertheless, a product under such a brand turns out to be already registered, the company can always try to negotiate with its owner or abandon some of the activities, while retaining the rest, Katkov explained.

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