Bloomberg Law
July 30, 2020, 10:05 PM

Russia Odyssey to Claw Back Stolichnaya Vodka Trademark Advances

Kyle Jahner
Kyle Jahner
IP Reporter

An arm of the Russian government can litigate its claim that it still owns the Stolichnaya and Stoli vodka trademarks in a legal fight dating to 2004, a New York federal court said.

Federal Treasury Enterprise Sojuzplodoimport, a government-chartered entity, can sue because a Russian court voided a privatization as the Soviet Union collapsed, leading to an international liquor conglomerate acquiring the marks, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York said.

William Grant & Sons, Inc. (WGS), which later acquired rights from PepsiCo, argued FTE couldn’t sue because it didn’t have trademark rights.

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