Friday, September 10, 2010

Russian Court Bans Parallel Import

Russia’s Supreme Arbitrazh (Economic) Court refused to reconsider the decisions of lower courts that upheld the claim of a French trademark owner against Russian unauthorized (known as “parallel” or “grey”) importers of mineral water “Evian.” This is the first time the issue reached the highest-level economic court. The outcome apparently bans the parallel import of trademarked goods to Russia and may end a long-standing legal dispute regarding how Russian trademark legislation should be interpreted in this regard.

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