On July 11, 2017 the Civil Disputes Judicial Board of Russian Supreme Court published a long-awaited Ruling in case No. 53-KG17-12.
Under the merits of the case, in 2016 the charity fund for helping children with oncohematological and other serious diseases “Podari Jizn” (CF “Podari Jizn”) filed a lawsuit against a copycat, non-profit charity fund «Podari Jizn» (NP CF “Podari Jizn”), seeking to prohibit the same word combination in the naming.
The plaintiff alleged that NP CF «Podari Jizn» contravened the exclusive right to non-profit organization name when it registered and used the same naming.
However the courts of the first and appeal instances denied the claims on the ground that non-profit organization name is not de jure listed as an IP asset in the Civil Code and therefore is not subject to judicial protection. Continue Reading