Apple and Pear Australia Limited -the national industry body for Australian apple and pear producers, controlling the sales of these fruits domestically and abroad- has withdrawn a statement from the Russian Intellectual Property Court (IPC) that was challenging the registration of the Lady Crimea trademark in the name of the Russian Crimean Fruit Company.
Last Wednesday, the IPC terminated proceedings on the case, as it had received an application from the claimant to waive the requirement. The reasons for this were not disclosed in the materials of the court.
In May of this year, APAL disputed the Russian Federal Service for Intellectual Property (Rospatent) decision made on 17 February 2020, which rejected the Australian company's objection to the registration of the Russian brand Lady Crimea. The trademark is in the form of a pink heart with the inscription, Lady Crimea (Ledi Krym in Russian), printed on it. The Crimean Fruit Company registered the brand in 2019.
APAL owns the Pink Lady brand, protected in more than 100 countries, as reported by the company’s website. In Russia, APAL also has a series of Pink Lady signs, but in 2018 the company applied for the registration of another similar brand - in the form of a pink heart with the Pink Lady inscription on it.