Popular Russian “Ural dumplings” lost their trademark in court

“Ural dumplings” are very popular in Russia and their brand is recognizable. Therefore for them it was very important to keep control over trademark. But the last court decision has been concluded not in their favour. “Ural dumplings” LLC filed complaint to Moscow commercial court and asked to admit trademark agreement, concluded with First Hand Media LLC, as null and void. Ural dumplings wanted to get back their trademark.

First time the word mark has been registered by public organisation “Creative association “Ural dumplings”. Then this association has concluded agreement with Ural dumplings LLC and assigned exclusive rights in word mark. Thereafter Ural dumpling concluded agreement with First Hand media LLC and assigned exclusive rights in word mark to First Hand Media for 250 thousands Russian roubles. After that Ural Dumplings filed a suit, to get back their rights in word mark.

Plaintiffs argued that the last agreement was a major deal with interest; such deal required consent of all’ members Ural Dumplings LLC. They have even assessed their word mark and according to report, stating market value of mark, the price was 383 million Russian roubles at the moment of assignment. Moreover contested agreement has been signed by CEO of Ural Dumplings, who is also the member of First Hand Media.