11 JAN 2018

The Dutch court recognized the right of Russia to the trademark Stolichnaya and Moskovskaya

The Netherlands Court of Appeals confirmed the right of the Russian Federation on use of the trademark of vodka Stolichnaya and Moskovskaya.

The court also held that registered in Luxembourg company Spirits International must stop selling vodka under the Stolichnaya brand in the Benelux (the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg).

This decision of Court of Appeals confirmed the first instance verdict issued 2015.

The vodka brands Stolichnaya and Moskovskaya are owned by the state company "Sojuzplodoimport" along with vodka "Russkaya" and champagne "Sovietskoe". "Sojuzplodoimport" since 2002 carries out on behalf of the Russian Federation the right to use and dispose of trademarks on alcoholic and alcohol-containing products, which copyright holders is Russian Federation.