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Russian patent agency vetoes LG trademark registration as similar to Microsoft brands

13:27 05/07/2016

MOSCOW, July 5 (RAPSI) – The Russian Chamber of Patent Disputes has upheld a decision refusing South Korean LG Electronics Inc. to register its trademark Quick Window due to its similarity to Microsoft-registered Windows trademarks, the patent agency’s records show.

LG sought to register this trademark under the ninth class of the Nice classification (computer software, compact discs and DVDs); however, the Rospatent, the Russian patent agency, found the respective trademark to be confusingly similar to the Windows brand series registered in the name of Microsoft Corporation for the same range of products.

The grounds for refusal Rospatent has pointed out included similarity between word elements of trademarks (Window / Windows) and homogeneity of covered products with regard to their purpose, sale factors and circle of customers, what could confuse buyers, dismissing LG arguments that Windows trademark was too well known as the Microsoft operating systems family brand to be confused with LG products.

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Russian patent agency vetoes LG trademark registration as similar to Microsoft brands

13:27 05/07/2016 The Russian Chamber of Patent Disputes has upheld a decision refusing South Korean LG Electronics Inc. to register its trademark Quick Window due to its similarity to Microsoft-registered Windows trademarks.
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