Monday, September 16, 2013

20th Century Fox Appeals Moscow Court's Trademark Ruling

20th Century Fox appealed the Moscow Commercial Court’s ruling to terminate the film company’s lawsuit seeking immediate termination of the legal protection of PoBeGi trademark in Russia, the court told RAPSI on Friday. The Moscow Commercial Court on April 9 terminated the trademark’s legal protection. However, the Ninth Commercial Court of Appeals on July 25 granted the appeal of the trademark’s holder, the sports company Begushchy Gorod (Running City), thus invalidating the lower court’s decision. 20th Century Fox sought to cancel the legal protection of the trademark because the defendant was not using it, while the film company needed it for the Russian adaptation of its Prison Break TV series produced in 2010 under the name Pobeg. A lawyer representing the Russian company objected that the brand is being used for its city orienteering events, posters, and other products. The first event took place in 2000 in St. Petersburg, Russia. The PoBeGi project emerged as a branch of the company in 2007. City races differ from classical orienteering championships in the way that control points are designated: in city orienteering, addresses may be used alongside local names and city landscape marks, symbols, photos, descriptions and city riddles.

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