Ford loses trademark case against Russian patent agency in IP Court
MOSCOW, October 27 (RAPSI) – Russia’s Intellectual Property Court has ruled against Ford Motor Company in a lawsuit filed to overturn a Russian patent agency decision that refused to recognize Ford’s trademark as a protected word in Russia, RAPSI reports from the court on Monday.
In March, the Federal Service for Intellectual Property, Patents and Trademarks (Rospatent) ruled against a petition by the US Ford Motor Company to recognize the “Ford” trademark in the form of a blue oval with “Ford” written inside as a word that has been extensively used in Russia since June 1, 2007 to identify cars, car parts and accessories.
Rospatent said the materials provided by the company were not enough to prove its claim that the word “Ford” is used extensively exactly as cited in the petition. The patent agency also said that “different forms of the trademark with the word Ford were used to mark Ford vehicles throughout its history.”
Ford Motor Company was founded by Henry Ford and incorporated on June 16, 1903. Henry Ford used $28,000 from five investors to start his car business. Ford was the world’s first company to use an assembly line.
Ford Motor Company is based in Dearborn, Michigan, and is one of the 20 largest corporations in the United States.