Thursday, January 23, 2014

Jaguar Challenges Russia's Approval of "Funny Jaguar" Trademark

UK company Jaguar Land Rover has filed a suit against the Russian Federal Service for Intellectual Property (Rospatent) seeking to invalidate their decision to provide legal protection for the Funny Jaguar trademark. The trademark, including the brand name "Funny Jaguar", was registered in 2012 at the request of businessman Alexander Petrov under three classes Goods and Services -- vehicles, advertising, and games and playthings -- and is used for children’s bicycles.  According to a 2013 complaint filed by Jaguar, the new trademark is confusingly similar to the Jaguar trademark.
Rospatent’s Chamber for Patent Disputes concluded that there is no similarity between the trademarks Funny Jaguar, Jaguar Racing and Jaguar Selected, which denote different items, even though they all include the word “Jaguar.”  The hearing on Jaguar's claim filed against Rospatent has been scheduled for February.

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