Russian operator MTS is suing for a trademark in Ukraine with the local OOO MTS, Kommersant writes.
In the report of MTS for the second quarter, the company said that the company “became aware of the fact of making” Starobilsk district court of Lugansk area of the decision of 4 November last year under the claim of MTS, according to which on the territory of Ukraine was declared invalid, the international registration number of the company’s trademarks. The court reversed the decision of the appeals chamber of the State intellectual property service of Ukraine on recognition of a designation of the MTS are well known in the country and the order of the State intellectual property service of Ukraine, which confirmed the right MTS marking MTS. MTS filed the appeal in late April of this year, the court granted it and dismissed the case. The plaintiff appealed in cassation, but the court had not yet considered.
In the report, MTS indicated that based on the decision of Starobilsk court Solomenskiy district court of Kyiv on 28 December last year granted the OOO MTS on the recognition of his intellectual property rights on two applications for the 35th class of the International classification of goods and services (advertising; management in the field of business; administrative activity in the sphere of business; office service). The court ordered the state service of intellectual property to register the designation according to the applications. MTS filed an appeal, it is scheduled for consideration on September 15.
Also in may, MTS filed a lawsuit in the Economic court of Kyiv, which asks to recognize as invalid on the territory of Ukraine the international registration of several trademarks MTS, to cancel the decision on recognition of the designation “MTS” is well known and the order confirming the rights of the Russian company in the designation. Hearing on the case was scheduled for August 15, but rescheduled for September, said yesterday in MTS. According to the representative of MTS Dmitry Solodovnikova, this is not the first attempt, OOO MTS to profit at the expense of a strong brand” of the company. “In 2013 we won this OOO all courts for trademarks in Ukraine, and in 2014 the state service of intellectual property of Ukraine has confirmed the right of MTS on the letter designation “MTS”, – he said.
In October 2015, “daughter of” MTS-Ukraine began to provide services under the Vodafone brand. The decision on renaming was associated with the aggravation of the political situation. “The rebranding process is lengthy, but currently, in most of the Ukraine used the brand Vodafone”, – said Solodovnikov. He did not predict whether the rebranding in the lawsuit.