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Aug/13

Text and Commentary on 2d Cir STOLI Decision


Justia summary: Plaintiffs filed suit under the Lanham Act, 15 U.S.C. 1051 et seq., against defendants, alleging trademark infringement based on a theory that defendants misappropriated and have unauthorized commercial use in the United States of certain United States-registered trademarks related to “Stolichnaya” – brand vodka (the “Marks”). At issue on appeal was whether plaintiffs have sufficient claim to the Marks to sue for infringement under the Act. The court concluded that FTE was neither (1) the Russian Federation’s “assign” of the marks nor (2) its “legal representative.” The court also concluded that Cristall could not sue, since its rights as a plaintiff were purely derivative of those held by FTE, and FTE could not grant rights greater than its own; the court rejected plaintiffs’ joint argument that they were entitled to proceed because the Russian Federation had “ratified” their suit; and, therefore, neither plaintiff was entitled to sue for infringement under section 1114(1). Accordingly, the court affirmed the district court’s dismissal of the Third Amended Complaint with prejudice.

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