Trademark Tussle Over Stoli Ends Poorly For Russia

Law360, New York (April 5, 2006, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Ending a long-running battle over the trademark rights to Russia’s most famous libation, a federal judge has ruled against a Russian government-owned company that claimed it was the rightful owner of a Stolichnaya (Stoli) trademark held by distributors.

The marks are worth an estimated $400 million, with worldwide yearly sales of Stolichnaya vodka by SPI in the $2 billion range.

According to the Russian Federal Treasury Enterprise Sojuzplodoimport, the confusion began 14 years ago when the Soviet Union collapsed, and the trademarks to six Stoli-related products...
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