Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Cosmetics Company Gains Trademark Victory

A Russian patent court granted the cosmetics chain L'Etoile the exclusive right to use the "L'Etoile du Berger" trademark previously owned by Belgian jeweler Tolkowsky. In May, L'Etoile filed a request with the Russian patent authority to have exclusive rights to use "L'Etoile," claiming that Tolkowsky had not used the name in 3 years, thus effectively canceling the mark. L'Etoile is the largest cosmetics and perfume retailer in Russia, with more than 650 stores in the country and over 9 million shoppers annually, according to the company's website. Earlier this year, L'Etoile made headlines for deceptive advertising in connection with medical products, for which it was fined 200,000 rubles.

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