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Pushkin still a poet and not a restaurant


An applicant recently filed a trade mark application for ПУШКИНЪ (Pushkin) to provide catering services. The claimed designation is an oval figure reminiscent of a frame of a painting or a mirror encircling the word element ПУШКИНЪ.

The Patent Office declined the registration, arguing that the word ПУШКИНЪ is the name of the great Russian poet Alexander Pushkin and registration of his name as a trade mark would not be in the public interest.

The applicant appealed the decision to the Chamber of Patent Disputes and argued that his restaurant – Café ПУШКИНЪ – had been operating since...


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